Guns Across LI

A sign that rests on the cash register in Benson’s Gun Shop. An employee eventually got tired of people complaining to him about the new laws so he decided to print this out as a message to his customers and to lawmakers. Photo by Frank Posillico.
A sign that rests on the cash register in Benson’s Gun Shop. An employee eventually got tired of people complaining to him about the new laws so he decided to print this out as a message to his customers and to lawmakers. Photo by Frank Posillico.

The debate on gun control in America has flooded the mass media in the wake of the Colorado movie theater shooting and the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Something that has received less attention, though, is how changes to the law have affected gun store owners.

Guns Across LI looks at the new gun laws and the financial impact on the gun shop down the street. What does it mean for family-owned businesses to lose the ability to sell assault rifles, which shop owners say have been a large piece of their sales? It is a story about people, not about weapons.

Frank Posillico reports in his capstone project.