Connecticut shootings sparks gun control debate in Baton Rouge

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Posted: Dec 16, 2012 9:44 AM by Olivia LaBorde
Updated: Dec 16, 2012 9:44 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Jim's Firearms, guns, gunlaws, connecticut, newtown, shooting, gun control

BATON ROUGE- Jim's Firearms in Baton Rouge was packed Saturday. The popular gunshop even ran out of of parking spaces.

"There's just a wide variety of people that come in here and here different things or read it on the internet. Kinda come in half cocked and don't know way to go," says Jim McClain.

Some customers are looking for Christmas gifts, and others are worried they won't be able to buy weapons for much longer.

The public outcry for stiffer gunlaws is getting louder after the horrific shooting Friday that killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtwon, Connecticut.

"I don't see why anyone needs a pistol, to protect themselves or have a shotgun or to go hunting," says Byron Fakouri.

Right now, an 18-year-old with a permit can buy a semi automatic weapon, and several other kinds of guns.

Some suggest making it tougher for someone to get their hands on a gun will prevent more killings.

"There's a lot of copycat people. Alot of people don't have strong beliefs to keep them from doing stuff like that," says Fakouri.

However, McClain say people who soley put the blame on guns for these senseless killings, are misled.

"Right now people need healing they need support they need prayers. Bad people are gonna do bad things regardless." Says McClain.

This year Louisiana became the first state with strict scrutiny gun laws. In November voters approved ameasure to apply strict scrutiny on any proposal on gun restrictions.

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