Gun Store Owner and Superintendent Discuss Gun Control

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

Pres. Obama is working on a potential compromise for gun restrictions. The president returned to Connecticut on Monday to memorialize victims of December's school shooting.

Some people in the Valley want mental health to be a part of the national conversation on gun control.

Jordan Coffman works at Gun Shack and he said everyone who buys a gun from him already jumps through enough hoops.

"It's a pretty thorough process, so I don't know what else they could add or do to make it any harder to get a gun," said Coffman.

Virginia State Police runs a background check on anyone buying a gun. More thorough background checks aren't the only change in the discussion. Gun magazines would be limited to only 10 rounds. Currently, Coffman sells 30 round magazines.

"Just to plank around, or target shoot, people like to have 30 rounds, but as far as hunting and stuff you can't have that many rounds anyways."

Dr. Scott Kizner is the superintendent of Harrisonburg City Schools. His background is in school psychology.

"Often we just turn the other way. Well, it's not my family. I'll stay out of it and I think that's wrong," said Dr. Kizner.

Dr. Kizner said we need to let go of the stigma of mental illness.

"We need to look at mental health issues, mental illness, like we look at physical illness, and accept that many people struggle with it.”

He has a school psychologist at every school.

"People on staff that will meet with your child, meet with you as parents, in a confidential way. If it's beyond the scope of the work that schools do, we would give you referrals to professionals who could help in that situation."

Coffman said if people fill out the paper work honestly there isn't anything gun store workers can do.

"As a gun store, we're not doctors. We can't diagnose somebody," said Coffman.

Members of Congress are expected to debate gun-control legislation this week.


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