MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – After shootings making headlines across the nation, President Joe Biden introduced a collection of government actions geared toward gun management legal guidelines.
Mid-Metropolis Pawn and Weapons in Decatur has 5 to 10 first-time gun patrons coming by way of their doorways every day.
Store supervisor Howard Godbee mentioned many patrons are utilizing cash from stimulus checks.
“Their capacity to purchase a firearm sooner or later may not be there, and as an alternative of utilizing that stimulus examine for purchasing issues they should be doing, they’re shopping for fireplace arms with it,” he mentioned.
Godbee mentioned their gross sales of weapons such because the AR-15 and handguns have actually skyrocketed for the reason that new administration got here into workplace.
“What was once most likely a 30% or 20% of your enterprise is 75% of your enterprise,” he mentioned.
He mentioned folks need these weapons for a few causes, one being these weapons might turn out to be targets for bigger gun management. Extra generally, Godbee mentioned, these weapons are two used for leisure goal taking pictures and self-protection.
Gross sales of weapons usually enhance at any time when the subject of gun management comes up in Washington, particularly from the White Home.
“It’s a rock and exhausting place for them due to all this violence occurring. On the identical time they’re infringing on the 2nd Modification and folks don’t need to stand for it,” Godbee mentioned.
Godbee mentioned limiting gun rights for all shouldn’t be the correct plan, however tighter restrictions in some areas could possibly be a good suggestion.
As an illustration, relating to gun present rules: sellers are required to do a background examine at exhibits, however person-to-person gross sales don’t require it. Godbee mentioned he thinks the regulation ought to require people to carry out background checks.
President Biden alluded to this in his government actions speech, however Godbee mentioned he failed to say sellers had been already required to do background checks on potential patrons.
One other matter talked about by Biden surrounds “Crimson Flag” legal guidelines. These would permit household and regulation enforcement businesses to request judges quickly take away an individual’s proper to purchase a gun in the event that they’re considered a menace to themselves or others.
Morgan County Sheriff Ron Puckett mentioned that is an thought that would work; nonetheless, he helps the 2nd Modification and mentioned the difficulty lies extra with psychological well being than gun management.
“I believe our gun legal guidelines are good. We want to have the ability to qualify an individual to hold a gun. There are individuals who don’t have to have weapons,” Puckett mentioned.
He mentioned the Sheriff’s Workplace denies pistol permits daily to those that failed certainly one of their background checks.
Godbee agrees that psychological well being is a bigger dialog available relating to getting weapons out of the arms of those that don’t have to have them.
On the finish of the day, Godbee mentioned a nasty individual will get their arms on a gun if that’s their purpose, most probably illegally.
Godbee mentioned even when somebody did move a background examine when shopping for a gun, if he thinks they could possibly be a hazard, he won’t promote them a gun.
“Whether or not they can move a background examine or not, I’ve refused to promote a weapon, a number of occasions, to any individual I felt wasn’t in full colleges however they’ve handed a background examine,” Godbee mentioned.
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