Gun Store Owner, Customer Discuss President's Gun Control Proposals

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

STAUNTON, Va. -- It could soon be tougher to buy an assault weapon and the number of magazine rounds that go in the guns. A gun store owner said he is bracing for changes to gun laws.

Chris Kincheloe, the Nuckols Gun Works owner, has sold three times the number of guns since the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., including military-style assault weapons.

“If they haven't owned one, they do now,” said Kincheloe. “I know all the other gun stores in the area have been busy. I can only imagine how many guns have been sold just in the Valley in a couple weeks.”

He said some people use assault weapons for target practice as a hobby such as Richard Kelly, a customer at the gun store. Kelly said more should be done than just President Obama's proposals to limit sales.

“I don't like it. I think it has more to do with the human being, the individual. It doesn't have anything to do with the amount of shells you can carry or the amount of guns you can own,” said Kelly.

Kincheloe said magazine can be easily reloaded and a criminal would work quickly to load more bullets.

“If a person's going to commit the crime, he's going to commit the crime whether or not it has ten rounds or a 30-round capacity.”

Kincheloe believes more could be done to keep people safe.

“A criminal just doesn't stop because there's additional laws or additional regulations on magazine capacities. The criminal's still going to be the criminal,” said Kincheloe.

Nuckols Gun Works said right after the Newtown shootings, assault weapon sales went up and then handgun sales went up. Kincheloe expected to sell even more of both types of guns in the coming weeks.

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