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Local gun store owners weigh in on gun control plan
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Local gun store owners weigh in on gun control plan

Local gun store owners weigh in on gun control plan
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Local gun store owners weigh in on gun control plan

We're getting reaction from local gun store owners after president Obama laid out his plan for curbing gun violence yesterday and with the exception of a few things, people seem satisfied.

"I just don't think that the bans going to help anything.  All it's going to do is put manufacturers out of business.  It's going to make people lose jobs," says Kimbal Hutchison of First Coast Pawn in Callahan.

Hutchison and his coworkers weren't thrilled about the idea of a ban on assault weapons, but they told our news partner Action News it's the best start the president can come up with right now.  The announcement also seemed to spur customers to go out and buy up weapons that not be available soon.

James Paschal, another employee at First Coast Pawn, says the president's plan is a good jumping off point.

"It's a good start.  It's the best start he can come up with right now...It's a big step, too.  When he said background for everyone, that's the biggest step he's ever made."

Meanwhile, in St. Augustine Bob Perry is basking in great sales numbers.  Perry owns Shooting Sports Pro Shops and says his sales the last six weeks are 10 times better than the same period last year.

"It was a madhouse.  It is as busy as I have ever seen it."

Perry says many of his customers are first time gun buyers who want to get their hands on certain weapons they feel may not be available in the future.

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