Obama's Gun Control Plan: Local Reaction
SUAMICO-- As the president lays out his plan to stop gun violence, local firearm advocates are firing back-- calling the measures unconstitutional.
Gun store owners say the president's plan will hurt sales and won't curb gun deaths.Bronson Smith of Gus's Guns says President Obama is taking gun control too far. "I have a right to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed,” Smith said. “What don't these people understand about the words shall not be infringed?"
Smith worries the proposal, including a ban on weapons commonly known as “assault rifles” will hurt the shop's bottom line.
"What the president has done today, effectively over the next few months (will) put gun stores out of business," Smith said.
Proponents of the president's action are hopeful Congress will act soon to pass tougher laws, including universial background checks and an assulat weapon ban.
"This will have a real world impact on gun violence in our country," said Jeri Bonavia, Executive Director of Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, or W.A.V.E.
W.A.V.E. has worked with others in Washingotn D.C. to come up with ideas to improve gun laws. Passing the universial background check is one of the group's top priorites. "We think that that is key to interrupting the flow of guns from the legal market to the illegal market where they are used by criminals," Bonavia said.
Smith says he's not willing to compromise on a weapons ban.
"The government needs to understand that if they continue with this course of action they will have a revolution in this country and I’m not talking a peaceable revolution, I’m talking a full scale armed revolt,” Smith said.
Groups from both sides of this debate will be watching Washington D.C. closely. Any law changes or bans on ammunition or weapons will first need to be approved by Congress.