Local Gun Rights Advocates Speaking Out on Gun Control


By Aimee Burnett

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Gun control has taken center stage in the wake of several shootings nationwide.

The battle lines are clear ...

"The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun," said Wayne LaPierre, CEO, National Rifle Association.

"If there is even one thing we can do as a country to protect our children we have a responsibility to try," said President Obama.

As the last three victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting were laid to rest over the weekend, gun control is at the forefront of discussion across the nation.

"All people are hearing lately is banning guns. And, that concerns a lot of people who are concerned about their 2nd Amendment rights," said Ryan Horsley, General Manager, Red’s Trading Post, Twin Falls.

Many gun stores have pulled semi–automatic assault rifles off the shelves.

As for Red's Trading Post in Twin Falls, you won't find any on the shelves there either, but it's because they've sold out.

"We've had about 750 shipments since last Friday."

That includes magazines, firearms and ammunition.

Those are the items people fear will be included should a firearms ban be put in place.

"What we saw during the assault weapons ban of 1994 is it wasn't illegal to transfer them amongst individuals, it was just illegal to buy new ones," said John Chapman, LMS Defense.

Chapman believes the grey market would only serve to raise the prices of firearms, not prevent tragedies from happening.

"It's not going to keep it out of the hands of anybody who would otherwise have them. You can stop it in one direction and it comes from another, so we need to have a national conversation about a comprehensive system to keep this from continuing to happen," said Chapman.

For him, banning guns is not the answer.

"A gun doesn't kill anybody on its own any more than a car does in the hands of a drunk driver," said Chapman.

The path forward remains unclear, but the emotions surrounding the debate are not.

“The NRA has blood on its hands," shouted a protestor at LaPierre’s press conference Friday.

Nearly 200,000 people have now signed a petition on the White House website calling for the Obama Administration to produce legislation that limits access to guns.

It was posted just hours after the shootings in Connecticut.

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