President Obama announces new $500 million gun legislation
President Obama announces new $500 million gun control legislation
WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- President Barack Obama announced a $500 million package worth of legislation proposals and 23 executive actions on Wednesday, all aimed at curbing gun violence in America.
They're the biggest proposed changes to gun control laws in two decades.
Obama's executive actions require no congressional approval, and some include improving access to data for background checks. A presidential memorandum will instruct the Centers for Disease Control to research causes and prevention of gun violence.
The president's plan was met with anger from some gun owners in West Michigan.
Wednesday, the Silver Bullet was absolutely packed with customers, and so was Al and Bob's Sports in Wyoming.
Obama said he isn't trying to infringe on Americans' Second Amendment rights, but is taking, "Common sense measures that have the support of the majority of the American people."
That would put some West Michigan gun owners in the minority, and they aren't hiding their feelings.
"Anger, because they're not going after what they should be going after. They should be looking at the people who are getting ahold of these guns and committing the acts," said Silver Bullet manager Steve Devries.
"Because the criminals are still going to have them, they're going to be able to get them wherever they get them from," said Tom Kuipers, a gun owner who stopped in to Al and Bob's Sports on Wednesday.
Kuipers is one reason the gun shop is getting hammered with business.
"We did six times the sales of the same day last year," said Devries.
The shop is now sold out of all assault rifles, and is having an impossible time trying to order more.
"There's no supply," said Devries.
The weapons are one of President Obama's biggest targets. He wants to restore a ban on military-style assault weapons, close loopholes in the gun sale background check system, and prohibit magazines with capacities of more than 10 rounds.
"Armed guards have to have enough to do their job, American citizens need enough to do their job," said Kuipers.
Gun owners in West Michigan are feeding that need. Ammunition sold out last week at Al and Bob's Sports.
"There are never empty spots, and this was just completely full and now it's not, it's all gone," said employee Jessie Klooster.
"People are buying it five to 10 boxes at a time."
"Suppliers are out, you look through every supplier that we have and we're even trying to find new suppliers and everything comes up zero," said Devries.
Many Democrats have said an assault weapons ban faces the toughest battle in Congress.
Many of the proposals also have to get by the Republican-controlled House.