Obama’s gun control plan draws mixed reaction in Bay area

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The mass shooting at a community college in Oregon last October prompted President Obama to look for ways to tighten gun control laws. The San Bernardino, California shooting’s last month sped up that process.

In his weekly address, President Obama told the nation, “Each time we are told common sense reforms like background checks might not have stopped the last massacre or the one before that, so we shouldn’t do anything?”

Now, the President plans to draft an executive order after meeting with the Attorney General Loretta Lynch to strengthen gun laws. But not everyone in the Tampa Bay area agrees with the President’s approach.

Gun owner Michael Wilson would like to see the President work with Congress. But, he doesn’t believe the solution is closing the so-called “gun show loophole” on background checks.

“If you are trying to stop mass shooting that is not going to happen, I am sorry you are not going to prevent that thru limiting gun sales, you are not going to do that,” said Wilson.

Gun owner Alton Walker was testing his shooting skills at this Tampa gun range.

But even he supports the President’s gun control initiative.

“Of course, you know guns don’t kill people, people kill people, so if we control some parts of that I think the violence will come down a little bit, so I think that is a good thing,” said Walker.

But, gun shop manager Jason Collazo said imposing restrictions will only hurt some.

“It is law abiding citizens that are going to be affected by this not criminals, there is a reason they are called criminals, they don’t follow the law,” said Collazo.

After meeting with the Attorney General, President Obama is expected to finalize his gun control measures and then announce them later this week.



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