The ‘Gunners’ of New York by Sarah Mortimer
As legislators crack down on gun ownership laws in New York state, New York City residents may be wondering just who wants guns in NYC? John DeLuca, owner of Seneca Shooting Range in Flushing, invites any curious New Yorker to come see what the other side is about.
John Deluca: They think we’re all gun nuts. You know they put us in a thing, a gun nut carrier.
In the west, when they were traveling west, people always had a rifle or a handgun with them. So why should it be any different now?
JD: Do you need a pair of pliers?
Angel Avila: Let me see now John.
Oh, I’d say I’ve known John for two and a half years going on three.
JD: Three years.
AA: And you know I’m really pleased that I got to know John Deluca because actually he showed me how to shoot and fire. I met some very, very good instructors.
Yes, they’re more against guns.
JD: 85% Democrats versus Republicans. New Yorkers don’t have common sense. They lack it.
AA: New York, ok, we still have gun violence. And it’s not the good person, it’s the bad person. So, as always. the good people pay.
JD: What people get here is a good old-fashioned gun range. People sit around and just have a cup of coffee or a glass of water and just sit down and talk bullshit. Just good old fashioned bullshit.
It’s not just Texans who love their guns. This past April, over a million New Yorkers refused to register their weapons in protest of a new law that expanded the definition “assault weapons” to include high capacity magazines. Why? Because New Yorkers believe in their 2nd Amendment Rights too.
John DeLuca, owner of Seneca Shooting Range in Flushing, has been licensing gun owners and offering safety training to shooters the city since 1976. He says he’s eager to set the record straight about gun owners in the Big Apple.
This video takes a peak at daily life in DeLuca’s range – home of guns and “good old-fashioned people”.