Gun Owners Skeptical of Proposals

The shooting range and aisles were busy with customers at Total Firearms in Mason. The phones rang all day. Only a few took time Wednesday to watch the speech President Obama gave on gun violence in America. Most were busy getting what they needed, but all have an opinion about the implications of the President's speech.

"I think some of it's a good idea but, honestly if people are going to commit violence they are going to do it with a gun or without a gun. It doesn't really matter how much the magazine holds," said Michael Weekly a gun owner from Mason.

Weekly has been using guns for the last 26 years for sport and safety. While he's not strongly against the President's proposals, he thinks they are a waste of resources.

"I just think it's more paper work and more stuff that the government is going to get caught up in and more money that's going to cost the tax payers," said Weekly.

He and others agree that universal background checks are a good idea, but magazine limits and other restrictions are not.

"If you limit the size of the magazine, that just means you are going to carry more magazines. What's the difference, you carry two magazines with ten rounds or one magazine carrying 20?" said Darell Lucier a gun owner from Dansville.

Store employee Jack Williams demonstrated what people mean when they said magazine limits will have little affect on gun violence.

He showed how a magazine can be replaced in just a second or two.

"Dropping the mag, pick it up and put the next one in and I'm ready to go," said Jack Williams, an employee at Total Firearms.

All the talk of guns have sales up some 75 percent at Total Firearms since the fall elections.

"Our inventory is low and there is nothing out there from the wholesalers and manufacturers, so every state I've called, shops that I've called are very low or out," said Williams. "I mean if this keeps going the shop will be closed in a couple of weeks, I mean it's bad. It's going quick."

Many gun owners said regulations are not the answer. Instead they suggest more firm on sentencing--and not letting people out early on parole and more resources toward mental health.

"When people get killed in a school or children get killed in school, it's tragic. It's terrible," said Lucier. "But limiting legal guns owners, it's not going to help them. It's not going to do anything. It's going to basically take the legal gun owner and make him feel like a criminal."


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