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Reporting Focus: Guns and Economics
Following the introduction of the SAFE Act in New York state, the Innovation Trail reporting team in conjunction with WNYC/New York Public Radio, has prepared a series of programs backgrounding the economic context for gun manufacture and retail in New York.
A series of radio and web features will roll out starting Monday 4th February.
Amongst the issues addressed:
Matt Richmond examines the role of tax credits and other financial incentives used to to support arms manufacturing in the state.
Kate O'Connell looks at research and development in the industry and finds that tradition carries more weight than innovation for both makers and customers.
Ryan Delaney follows up on the future for the Remington Arms factory that anchors the Mohawk Valley town of Ilion. Do the new laws in the state really endanger jobs there?
Sarah Harris spends time with some north country gun store owners who are trying to navigate the new regulatory framework for background checks and licensing, and they're wondering whether it's worth staying in business.
Joanna Richards talks with military and ex-military personnel to get their views on gun safety and ownership of miltary-style firepower by civilians, and spends time at a local gun club.
Robert Lewis discovers that it's a good time to be recruiting for the NRA as he visits a long-running annual gun fair in the state's capital that attracted record crowds.