Local Gun Dealers Believe New Gun Legislation Isn't Needed

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

FISHERSVILLE -- The U.S. Senate cleared the GOP filibuster attempt and will soon debate new gun legislation. The proposed gun legislation made a compromise to increase background checks. Some private dealers think there's no need for the talks because they already do background checks.

Clayton Davidson is one of the featured dealers at the Fishersville gun expo. He said the current background checks in place are fine.

"I don't have any problems with background checks with a private sell, but I don't think it should be required. I'm afraid if they do, it will come down to liability for the seller. And that liability shouldn't exist. The burden of identifying dangerous people should not be put on individuals who choose to sell private property," said Davidson

The proposed legislation is a compromise made by senators, Republican Pat Toomey and Democrat Joe Manchin. The compromise will expand background checks to buyers at gun shows but will exempt private transactions. It would require state and federal government to provide records for criminals and those who are violently mentally ill.

Greg Trojan is a member of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. He said if the new legislation goes through, nothing will change.

"All of the mass shootings that have happened in the last 10 years, look at them, were either stolen guns or people passing the background check," said Trojan.

Director of the Shenandoah Valley Tea Party Bruce Richmond is concerned. He said this may lead to losing the right to bare arms.

"They are infringing on that. All the stuff that they are trying to get us to do, infringes on the right to bare arms. And that's what we are fighting. Every step that you take, takes a step away from our freedoms," said Richmond.

Jerry Cochran is a gun dealer. He said, with all the gun legislation talks, it's been harder to get supplies.

"The more and more people talk about gun control, more and more the president talking about gun control, the more people realize if they are going to get anything, what they want,they do it quickly," said Cochran.

No one at the expo wanted to comment in favor of the legislation. During the expo, one person tried to buy a gun and the background check denied him to make the purchase. Less than 10 minutes later, a trooper came in and dealt with the issue.

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