Gun control proposals spur gun sales in Rapid City - KOTA Territory News

Gun control proposals spur gun sales in Rapid City

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On the heels of the biggest U.S. gun control push in decades, many in KOTA territory are divided over what this means for their second amendment rights.
 
Among some of the executive orders President Barack Obama is proposing include universal background checks for prospective buyers, and a ban on all military assault weapons, including high capacity ammunition magazines.

"I grew up in a little town in a small town in South Dakota where all of us had guns hanging in our pick-ups," said Mike Abourezk, attorney and gun collector.
 
Despite his love of guns, Abourezk says recent gun violence has made strict legislation inevitable.
 
"The world is changing, you have people pushed closer and closer together. When you have situations when someone walks into a kindergarten and someone just starts shooting- I don't think we're going to avoid having gun control," said Abourezk.
 
But many others disagree and say restricting access to guns won't prevent violence, only restrict liberty.
 
"It's not going to affect tragedies like [the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting] at all. It will just make people who don't like guns feel better," said Mark Blote, owner of First Stop Gun & Coin in Rapid City.
 
"It's not about the guns though. It starts in the home, families having dads. Guns don't kill people, people kill people," said Julie Fisk, a gun rights supporter.
 
After Wednesday's announcement, assault weapons may be next to impossible to find. Gun store owners say the value of some guns have already nearly doubled, in anticipation of the gun control enforcement.
 
"My customers think this pending executive order and legislation is ridiculous. Some are afraid they won't be able to get a gun so they're coming to pick one up," said Blote.
 
"I have to admit I feel safer when I have a gun in my hand. But if someone has a gun in their hand, I'm not safer. especially if they have an assault rifle," said Abourezk.
 
But it seems most people are willing to comprise, as long as both sides can meet in the middle.
 

"We need to protect our second amendment rights but can we tweak them with both sides and input from the N.R.A? Yes," said J.P. Duniphan, former State Senator.

Currently 40% of all guns are purchased without a background check.

President Obama's proposals also include lifting the ban on federal research into gun violence and putting more counselors and mental health workers in schools to prevent violence.

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