Gun advocates say Obama's proposals won't work, haven't before

Gun advocates say Obama's proposals won't work, haven't before


by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on January 16, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 5:47 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Gun advocates call gun control measures President Obama proposed Wednesday as "feel good" legislation that won't have any real impact or prevent tragedies.

Travis Demetro's message to President Obama is to leave him and current gun laws alone.

"I don't agree with them being called assault weapons, I don't agree with the ban, I don't agree it's the gun-- it's the person who owns a gun," Demetro expressed.

Gun store owner Larry Hyatt has been through a weapons ban before.

"It didn't do anything then, it won't do anything now," he said.

If implemented again, Hyatt wouldn't be able to sell the semi-automatic rifles hanging on his big green wall, or sell magazines that hold more than 10 bullets.
It could cost him 20-percent of his business.

However, listening to Obama's speech, Hyatt found some common ground, agreeing that every single gun purchase, whether it is at a store or through a private party, should include a background check.

"It has to be in background checks. We don't want people with mental health problems getting through the background check system."

Lawmakers reacted shortly after Obama's speech.

"I will fight any effort to further infringe on the Second Amendment rights of American citizens, whether it is legislation or executive action by the President," said Senator Richard Burr

"As for reinstating the assault weapons ban, it has already been tried and failed," said South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.

"The fact of the matter is, we cannot regulate people's actions, no matter how much we attempt to regulate their freedoms," said NC 8th District Representative Richard Hudson.

Demetro says all the rules in the world won't matter if a crazy person's intent is to do as much harm as possible.

"This is just another reason for the government to intrude on our lives."