This mid-November gun show was a packed house at mobile, many dealers reporting brisk sales this year.
“Wanting to have security for their family a lot of it is driven by the news today,” said gun dealer Mark Beasley. Following the terror attacks in Paris, gun background checks were up compared to the previous month by 16%. Plus, Alabama had the 9th highest number of gun background checks in the nation in November. This is based on NICS background check data from the FBI. Despite the trends, the Obama Administration is poised to unveil new executive orders on gun control this week.
“Because I get too many letters from parents and teachers and kids to sit around and do nothing I get letters from responsible gun owners who grieve with us every time these tragedies happen,” said the President during his weekly address. Many gun owners say new rules aren’t the answer. Mona Nair with our sister station WATE spoke with gun owners at Smoky Mountain Knife Works on New Year’s Day in Sevierville, Tennessee.
“Gun control is not the issue. It’s their hearts that’s the issue. People don’t have fear anymore. People don’t care and they don’t read the instructions,” said customer James Moore. The executive order will likely expand the definition of a gun seller to include collectors selling a small number of guns and increase the number of transactions requiring background checks. Speaking this weekend in Biloxi, Donald Trump is already talking about undoing the order.
“I will veto that, I will unsign that so fast,” said Trump. The order seems similar is scope to gun control legislation that failed to get through congress three years ago.