Savannah Gun Dealers React to Obama’s Plans to Curb Gun Sales

FILE - In this Monday, July 7, 2014, file photo, Chicago police display some of the thousands of illegal firearms they have confiscated so far this year in their battle against gun violence in Chicago. The recent mass shooting at an Oregon community college has put the debate over gun violence and gun control into the center of the presidential race. At least some of the Republicans who are running have pointed to Chicago as proof that gun control laws don't work. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Savannah, GA. (WSAV) – A Savannah gun dealer isn’t buying the president’s plan on gun control, even if it would mean more money for the gun shop.

Trudy Bell of Ortiz Custom Guns said Wednesday that policing the president’s rule would be practically impossible.

It’s part coincidence Mark McDuffie picked the day after President Obama’s announcement to shop for a gun, but the desire to get his wife and himself a firearm grew over months and he’s ready to pull the trigger on making the purchase.
“I just think the world’s coming to a point where it’s better to have protection and be ready for it rather than not be,” McDuffie said.
That uneasiness about where the world is – is why President Obama Tuesday became tearful about his push for stricter gun laws.

Citing recent mass shootings, Obama believes requiring private gun sellers to conduct background checks on prospective buyers could create a barrier to prevent violence. “I don’t see any way that it can be enforced,” Bell said.

Bell thinks the only way to police what’s known as ‘kitchen table deals,’ is requiring those private sellers to come to a licensed dealer for the paperwork. That could mean more traffic in her store– but she’s still not buying the idea it would make a difference for the people out to do harm.

“There’s no way,” Bell said.  “They can obtain a firearm just the way they can obtain heroin, or marijuana or whatever they do,” Bell added.

While the details of this particular plan don’t make her worried about business now, Bell feels like it’s the start of something bigger that could make a huge difference to those who carry. “I don’t even want to think about it.  We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing, we’ll follow whatever laws he puts in place and keep taking care of the people of Savannah but I hate to think what it can mean for all of us- for the country,” Bell said.


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