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Local Reaction to Obama’s Gun Control Proposals

MONTEBELLO, Calif. (KTLA) — Gun sales have already been soaring, but the president’s gun control proposals may spark even more of a buying spree.

Gun enthusiasts at the Firearms Training Academy in Montebello believe the president’s comments may trigger another spike in sales.

Gun owners there are concerned that the president’s sweeping proposals may wind up infringing on the second amendment and an honest citizens right to bear arms.

Instructors at the training academy say California already has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation and the president’s proposals mainly replicate what California already has on the books.

Banning military style assault weapons, limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds and requiring background checks on all gun sales except private sales, which instructors say is optional in California, but should also be mandatory, might add another hurdle to guns getting into the hands of the wrong people.

California Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher says “The president’s proposals are either duplicative, thus unnecessary, or focus the government’s authority and power on controlling honest citizens rather than making it more likely to disarm criminals. Background checks have value but care needs to be taken that they do not violate the rights of law abiding citizens.”