Gun Retailers: Potential Restrictions Unnecessary

By Rachel Martin

December 30, 2012 Updated Dec 30, 2012 at 9:37 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Retailers and gun safety instructors at a local gun show say the possible new government gun restrictions are unnecessary.

Ever since the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, President Obama has been cracking down on trying to restrict current gun laws.

At INC News, we’ve heard from many people who are in favor of it, so on Sunday we went to Gunslinger’s USA Gun and Knife Show at the K’s Merchandise building in Fort Wayne.

"It's not the gun that kills people, people do,” said Ed Becher, owner and chief instructor for the Body Guard Academy of Sturgis, Mich.

Becher says guns aren't a bad thing. In fact, the retired Marine turned self-defense and gun safety instructor, says there are many reasons people have guns that have nothing to do with killing.

"You've got to remember, the Second Amendment of United States Constitution grants us the right to keep and bear arms,” he said. “And not just for personal defense and self defense, there's hunting and sport shooting...there are competition shooters."

Although people own guns for personal hobbies, Becher travels to gun and knife shows demonstrating and educating people on how to properly use and carry their weapons safely.

Becher says buyers must meet certain criteria and have permits in order to even buy a gun. Retailers must first check with the FBI and conduct extensive background checks before they can sell them.

"They're not going to sell the weapon to someone who is a felon. They're going to sell it legally. If they feel that person's unstable, they're not going to sell that gun. They're not going to break the law to make a sale," he said.

In the case of the Sandy Hook and other mass shootings, Becher says guns and gun accessibility are not the problems.

"We have sufficient gun laws on the books now. Let's look at the mental health issues. If you look at the Connecticut shooting, he was in the process of being committed to a mental health facility."

President Obama is focusing mainly on banning the use of assualt weapons. Becher says he thinks that's unnecessary and doesn't agree with the classification.

"An assault weapon is a bad name for a gun because I can shoot a shot gun just as fast sometimes as someone who can shoot an AR-15 semi-auto," he said. "So any gun can be classified as an assault weapon. If I assault you with it, it's an assault weapon."

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