A new viral video produced by the gun safety groups States United to Prevent Gun Violence and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence was filmed inside a fake gun store in New York City where first-time gun buyers were encouraged to shop.
In the video (below), hidden cameras filmed potential gun buyers' shock when they were told by a clerk how the guns were used in tragedies, from mass murders to accidental killings.
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Executive Director Leah Gunn Barrett told The Washington Post, "The people who came in were actually seriously considering buying a gun. We thought that showing the guns and their histories and getting people to think twice about owning a firearm would be an instructive thing to experience."
The pro-gun New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA) wants the New York attorney general to begin a criminal investigation of the producer of the video for allegedly using real guns.
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Ironically, the NYSRPA website says the organization opposes the SAFE Act, which is the same law the NYSRPA suddenly wants enforced.
According to Guns.com, NYSRPA President Thomas King said in a statement:
First off, the firearms and accessories hanging in the background do not appear to comply with either New York City law or the so-called SAFE Act.
Second, it felony violation of the Sullivan Act for a person to posses a handgun anywhere in New York without a license. The video clearly shows individual "customers" handling various handguns and doing so in an unsafe manner.
However, Guns.com reported, "The firearms, like the store itself, were all fake and a New York Police Department official was on site to monitor operations."