Possible gun ban prompts reaction
BATON ROUGE- Less than a week after the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona, lawmakers are already proposing legislation to ban certain gun accessories similar to ones said to be used Jared Loughner.
The legislation takes aim at gun clips that feed more than ten rounds at a time. That's prompted some gun owners to buy the targeted accessories around the nation, but here in Baton Rouge, sales on the so called extended clips are stale.
"We haven't seen an increase right now, we've had one or two inquiries I know some of my distributors have started selling a few different items that people might worry they couldn't get in the future," said Jim McClain, owner of Jim's Firearms.
McClain thinks legislation targeting gun clips won't do much to curb violent crimes, citing previous legislation that banned the high capacity magazines as well as assault rifles. That legislation, first introduced during the Clinton era, expired in 2004.
"That proved that it was a totally ineffective law that's why it was allowed to sunset, it did not have any decrease on crime or violence or anything like that," said McClain.
One reason why gun owners believe any new regulations should target the people who buy guns, not what they buy.
"Maybe they could be a little bit more picky on who gets to buy their first gun a little bit of training, because when you have a gun and you carry a gun it's an awesome responsibility, you have life or death in your hands," said Richard Argyle, a gun owner.
The legislation is expected to be introduced by Sen. Frank Lautenberg sometime this month.