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New York gun control law could ban movie prop guns

By United Press International

New York state's new ban on assault weapons could force police shows and violent movies to film elsewhere, producers say.

Industry experts say that switching to fake guns is not practical, The New York Times reported Wednesday. But the law, which also bans high-capacity magazines, makes no exception for studio props.

Prop guns are real ones that have been altered to shoot blanks and often have the barrels blocked.

Bohdan Bushell of J&M Special Effects in New York's Brooklyn borough said he fears the new law could be the last straw for many shows.

"If a producer has to jump through more flaming hoops than they already do to shoot in this crazy city of ours, they're going to go: 'When is too many hoops? Is this the last one? Am I done now?' California is hungry for our work," Bushell said. "The Southern states with huge tax incentives -- Louisiana springs to mind -- have very little problem with whatever form of firearm you'd like to carry around with you."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who pushed for speedy passage of the new gun-control measures while public concern was high, has said he is open to crafting an exception for prop guns. But Republicans in the state Legislature have said they are not willing to make an exception.

An industry study found that television and movie production brought 46,000 jobs to New York in 2011. Crime shows shot in New York include "Person of Interest," "Blue Bloods" and "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit."


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  1. tomtComment by tomt
    May 2, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    Should you be contemplating committing a criminal act, Do not take the risk of injury or death committing such act within a state without strict Gun Control Laws that embraces good citizens to be armed.
    Your chances of survival are greater within the boundaries of New York, Colorado and Connecticut, where you can go about your felonious business without an armed victim or witness confrontation.
    Plus, while you are living in those anti-gun states, you can obtain a liberal bonus by applying for the numerous government entitlement programs available to you.

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  2. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    May 2, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

    This is funny! Liberal NY with it’s crazy gun laws, shoots it’s self right in the wallet!

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  3. capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
    May 2, 2013 @ 3:21 pm


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  4. SC is sick of itComment by scommonsense4all
    May 2, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

    I strongly support the Republican state Legislature on their position. NO EXCEPTIONS, if it is pain Cuomo wanted to inflict then let him, the state and their Movie/TV Industry feel it across the board as the legitamate gun owners of NY have. Cuomo is ‘Crafting” alright, crafting for guns to be allowed where and when it suits him, not the citizens that lived under the Constitution of the US. He and Bloomberg have raped that and at first had problems because their knee jerk reactionary legislation made no provisions for the police. Well I certainly want them armed to the teeth, just think, they may find their own terrorist in a boat bleeding to death and unarmed but they have all that damn ammo they have been buying up so let’s dump a couple hundred rounds in the boat to make sure we don’t have to use tear gas or flash bang grenades and capture him without shooting off his tongue. Had they done that he might have been able to say more, or say anything, before Obama/Holder lawyered him up.
    No guns for movies or TV Cuomo, not until the 2nd amendment is re-instated in NY which I don’t see happening anytime soon. Bloomberg has business to do…like draft a new Constitution for billionaires, he’s a busy man. Busy busy busy.

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