West Tennesseans React to Gun Measures

Heather Mathis

JACKSON Tenn.- Many West Tennessee gun owners don't believe President Obama's 23-point executive order is the solution to stopping mass shootings like the most recent one in Newtown, Conn.

President Obama signed the executive order Wednesday and a part of the plan would ban military style assault weapons.

Gun advocate, David Nance,believes it's an infringement on his rights, "If they can take our 2nd Amendment, they can take away every other right we have."

Other West Tennesseans did agree with part of Washington's plan.

"I don't have a problem with more in depth background checks at all, no," said gun owner Dylan Wilson.

Gun stores across the area are selling out of handguns and semi-automatic weapons. Shoppers say they want to purchase them now, in fear of laws becoming too strict.

"The evil is in the heart of the user not in the weapon," said Reggie Henderson.

West Tennesseans reported seeing people wait in line for hours at gun stores across the area to purchase and shoot firearms.


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