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New law fuels debate and raises questions about impact on gun violence in Buffalo

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The new gun law enacted in New York is drawing praise from gun control advocates and criticism from gun rights proponents. YNN's Kevin Jolly talked with an expert on gun violence about the debate that's raging in the wake of the legislation.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Lawrence Crummie applauds the new state law cracking down on assault weapons and toughening background checks before the sale of a gun, but he also sees why some gun proponents may not feel the same way.

"The assault rifle issue, I think it's wrong. People hunt, they wait to hunt deer hunt, whatever they do. I think it’s wrong to take that privilege away from them,” said Crummie.

Crummie is skeptical whether the new gun law will have any impact on gun violence in Buffalo.

"It's not going to stop that kind of violence, but over time it means there's going to be fewer and fewer of those pieces put our on the street." said Bruce Jackson, UB professor.

Jackson has written and lectured extensively about gun violence in the U.S. and around the world. He says New York has historically had some of the toughest gun laws in the nation. The new law pushed by Governor Cuomo just takes it one step further.

"What he's done is that he's tightened it up. He said nobody needs a clip that contains 50 rounds of ammunition, high powered automatic weapons. You don't need that to kill a deer with. You can still get the weapons you need to kill deer if that's what you want to do," said Jackson.

As far as the law's impact on cities like Buffalo that are plagued with gun violence, primarily handguns, he thinks the new law could make a small dent.

"What these laws will do, will mean that fewer people will have them, they will be harder to get. Villains who want to get them, they'll get them."

Meantime, Crummie welcomes any law to help curb the violence in the city.

"I think it’s very good to stop the drama and people killing people."

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