(NEW YORK) — After President Obama proposed federal laws to require background checks for all gun purchases, reinstate a ban on some assault-style weapons, and other actions, gun store owners had mixed reactions when asked how the possible changes could affect business.
“It’s not going to have an impact on our sales,” Jerry Aday, a store owner in Topeka, Kan., told Kansas First News. ”As such, what’s having the impact on it is the fact that people are fearful they might not be able to buy anything, and our government is going to start tracking guns and that type of thing.”
Aday said when it comes to gun safety, the best bet is to focus on education programs.
He said last year gun sales were steady, but spiked in December.
“I want the gun laws, or whatever passes, to pass, to have an impact on the crime, an impact on the killings, an impact on the criminals,” he said.
At a shooting range and gun store in Raleigh, N.C., Lynn Howard, owner of the PDHSC gun shop, was anticipating the effects if national legislation is enacted.
“This is the doors being opened. If this goes forward, what will fall next?” Howard said in an interview with ABC News affiliate WTVD-TV.
Customers also expressed concerns for their Second Amendment right to bear arms.
“It’s not the ‘Bill of Needs.’ It’s the Bill of Rights. It’s our right, as a citizen, to own whatever firearm we desire,” said Derek Ward, a customer.
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Emanuella Grinberg, CNN
Lois M. Collins, Deseret News