President Obama's Executive Order Impacts Gun Shops
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on January 18, 2013 @ 7:18PM
Created on January 18, 2013 @ 5:23PM
One debate no one can seem to agree on is gun control. Thursday on 5 news, we told you local gun businesses have seen a lot of customers walk through their doors ever since President Obama laid out his plan for gun control on Wednesday. But, what will happen to these stores if Obama's plan becomes law?
Store owners 5 News spoke with Friday and said they are concerned about how business will change for their shops and for their customers.
"Probably 20% of my capacity in here and the reason for it is because this whole industry has exploded out of mostly fear," said Eric Satterfield, Defender Arms Owner.
Local gun stores have recently seen an increase in business, but what happens if President Obama's executive order becomes a law?
"If he changes the law it's really going to effect our business. 70% of the guns that I sell are high capacity guns and pistols, hand guns, revolvers, rifles. If I couldn't sell those anymore I would loose 60-70% of my business," said Donald Marsh, Marsh Owner.
"I don't think it's going to decrease my sales any, its going to influence when I can sell. But I don't think I'm going to have to go out of the gun business because I wont have guns available to me to sell," said Satterfield.
One of the Presidents' proposals is to increase background checks on those wanting to buy a gun. Since anyone trying to buy a gun already has to go through this process, how will this impact the gun shops and their customers?
"The increase in paperwork they are trying to do is definitely going to increase your wait time to buy a gun. you wont be able to come in here, buy a gun, and take it home with you. You'll have to come back in seven days, they'll reinstate the seven day waiting period," said Marsh.
"There's a lot of paperwork with it now but if it keeps these crazies without getting guns in their hands then I'm all for it. I really am. An extra sheet of paper's no problem," said Satterfield.
Many gun owners 5 News spoke with said they feel these restrictions are a punishment for a crime they didn't commit. Some argue that they are being punished for what someone else chose to do.
"Main thing is this, people need to keep in perspective that fire arms are tools. No fire arm, no matter what it looks like, has ever jumped out of the gutter somewhere and went in someone's hands and made them so some kind of evil deed with it. It's a tool," said Satterfield.
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