Gun Owners React To President’s Firearms Plan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -Jon Bolic likes going to the indoor range at Silverbullet Firearms and Training Center.

“This is a Smith and Wesson mmp 1522. It’s a AR 15 platform,” he shows the gun he’s planning to rent.

He says his sights are set on buying a sporting rifle, better than the one he’s planning to rent. However, he’s not sure if that dream purchase will ever come true.

President Obama is calling for a ban on all military style weapons.

“I don’t think it’s going to do anything. If they do ban assault rifles, it’s going to open up another black market for guns and it’s gonna raise the prices and people will be… create a bigger market on the street for gun sales,” he said.

A similar ban passed in 1994 under President Clinton. It was aimed at keeping guns out of the wrong hands. That ban expired in 2004.

“We really did not see any dramatic reduction in violent crimes,” Mike Visser, a Silverbullet training instructor said.

He said surge in sales followed December’s sandy hook massacre.

“It was an unfortunate thing that happened with this tragedy that really started to drive this amount of mass purchasing,”

Within 5 days, he said his store sold out of military style rifles. Now they’re only available for rent, like the one Bolic has.

Visser said that particular rifle is used by hunters for sport, home protection, and certain styles are used in law enforcement.

The president said he also wants to limit the size of a magazine. That means rifles could only hold 10 bullets or less at a time.

“I’m not trying to reload every one minute. When you’re on the range, you’re going through ammo like that,” he snapped his fingers to illustrate. He says that’s wasted time.

There is a part of the president’s plan that Bolic and Visser agree with, and that’s cracking down on straw purchases. That’s when someone buys a gun legally with the intent of selling it to someone who’s not authorized to own one.

“The stiffer penalties for straw purchases, I’m in full support of. A convicted, someone that the ATF has deemed should not have a firearm because they’re a violent felon, absolutely,” he said.

Visser added, “As far as the universal backgrounds checks go, I think it’s a logistical nightmare. It’s gonna be very difficult to handle for every single firearms transaction out there.”

If a ban were to go into effect, Visser said he imagines what’s left in the store will sell pretty quickly.

2 comments

  • Charles

    These so-called assault weapons are nothing more than glorified hunting rifles, but less accurate. NONE OF THESE WEAPONS HAVE A FULL AUTO OPTION. Yet the media is painting the idea of a fully automatic, which are obvious lies to people who are familiar with guns.

    You, the media, have a responsibility to tell the truth, but you don't.

  • 2013worldseries

    I've had my share of exposure to guns and I don't particularly enjoy them. However, we were taught that guns don't kill people. People kill people. I will live by that philosphy until the day I die. Getting rid of some guns or all the guns will not stop the crazies out there. Where there is a will there is a way. All this gun chatter is making me sick. It is a waste of time. It's about as rediculous as the abortion battle. Nobody really wants to change that either so why do candidates run on that issue? I'm getting dizzy from these worthless issues. It's too bad someone dosnt' address the real problems, like why are people running around with weapons in the first place.

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