Gun Rights Activists Worry

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Gun Rights Week wrapped up at James Madison University Saturday, and advocates and students weighed in on their concerns with the changing political environment.

They're firing off and still looking for answers from Washington, D.C. about the future of the Second Amendment.

Executive director of, Shawn Deehan, says, "During the election, President Obama repeatedly said that he's always supported the Second Amendment and he has always urged his supporters to tell people he supported the Second Amendment. That's a very vague statement and I don't know what he means by that."

Deehan says the gun rights community wants clarification from the Obama administration about his stance on gun control.

Deehan adds, "We are fearful that he may try and limit our access to handguns, long guns, military-style weapons, which have been the most common long guns people have owned since the turn of the century."

Those fears are clear for proponents of gun rights in the Valley. Chris Earman at the Top Gun Shooting Range in Harrisonburg says he's seen a rush of people trying to secure their concealed handgun license.

Earman says, "Within the last six months to a year and a half, they have just skyrocketed. We've had 35 to 40 plus people every Saturday shooting, and new membership just went through the roof. People coming are just scared their gun rights are going to be taken from them."

While students like James Madison Uuniversity freshman Kyle Smith aren't old enough to get their concealed hand gun licenses, he says it's still a concern he has for the future.

Smith says, "I'd worry that legislation would eventually block me from getting that."

JMU students got a chance to learn more about gun safety from experts and also got the chance to shoot handguns Saturday at the range.