Many New Yorkers rely on their nearby chain store for guns and ammunition purchases. Not so much in the North Country. There are big box options, with Gander Mountain stores in Watertown and Plattsburgh, and Walmart here and there. But, on the other end of the retail scale, according to the federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms list, the region is thick with local gun shops – just over 200.
David Sommerstein visited this one just after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the new state gun control measures into law. Tomorrow during regional news, Sarah Harris checks in with a man in Tupper Lake who’s half historian, half gun dealer, and a couple taking a break from the business by going into the tourist trade in Cranberry Lake.
Sarah’s story is part of a series being pulled together this week by the Innovation Trail team (we’re one of six participating stations, with the partnership headquartered at WXXI in Rochester).
Joanna Richards is finishing up a story for Wednesday the gun culture in the soldier-dense Watertown area.
The other story we’re following for tomorrow is severe, if localized, flooding in Malone. Julie Grant was there Friday to talk with local officials and homeowners. There are complicating factors involving silt build-up in the Salmon River, but the upshot is that ice jams sent the river over its banks, flooding a neighborhood on lower Park St. A number of people will likely never get back in their homes. Local officials are working to figure out how they can help.