Gun Shop Owners React to Executive Order

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ORWIGSBURG -- Shakey's Gun Shop in Orwigsburg is usually a busy place. People are either shopping around, buying a firearm or trading one in.

Employees there deal with a lot of background checks, so they were interested to hear President Obama's new gun control plan. It includes expanding background checks on violent criminals and requiring anyone who sells a gun to have a license.

At Shakey's, employees say they already do all of that, but they don't think that alone will stop bad guys from getting guns.

"They're criminals. They're breaking the law either way. They're not going to go, 'ooh, there's a new law. Let's abide by it,'" said Joshua Shamonsky, president of Shakey's Gun Shop.

Gun shop owners believe the answer isn't necessarily more regulation. Instead, they think the current rules should be enforced.

"If you don't enforce the laws, the background checks aren't really going to make an effect," said Shamonsky.

Shamonsky says you rarely hear about someone getting caught illegally selling guns.

He says there are a lot of so-called "straw sales," where someone who can't buy a gun has someone else do it for them.

He doesn't believe more background checks will stop that either.

"Paying somebody to go out and buy them weapon, they go buy them, sell them to them and they get the weapons that way."

Some gun owners say if you give a harsher punishment for breaking the law, people might stop.

"They're put away time and time and time again. They come out and that's it," said Jim McCaffrey of Cressona.

Even with all the gun control talk, gun shops like Shakey's are seeing a business boom.

Shamonsky said, "People are scared. They're afraid that they're going to be left helpless if they don't go out and get a weapon while they still can."

Gun shop owners aren't sure if President Obama's new plan will mean they'll have to fill out an extra form or two.

Either way, they say they'll follow the law, whatever it is.


  • American for life

    Maybe there should be back ground checks to buy a knife seems how people get stabbed. Tell Dictator Obama to do away with the secret service he and his whole family are protected by guns all day every day. What do the rest of us have? #IMPEACHOBAMA

  • Robert Mills

    Iranian Valerie Jarrett must have advised Obama on this matter. Imagine that, an Iranian giving advice to the President of the USA. You can’t make this crap up.

  • jabronie

    Guess what else is against the law? Murder! If you’re going to commit a heinous crime, the laws you violate are meaningless. I do believe Obama thinks he’s doing the right thing and is genuinely trying to help curb violence by firearms.

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    Since PC soft WNEP deleted my first comment, I’ll tone it down for the sensitive folks here. Obama is a toddler throwing a tantrum. Crocodile tears he cried today., Imagine George Washington or John Adams pulling that crap!

  • Courtney

    Time and time again, a criminal, breaking the law, using a gun to do it, is obviously NOT concerned with abiding by the law….. If they have to steal a gun to get it, then that’s what they’ll do!!

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    Who is Obama talking to? He’s not talking to me or anybody I know. So who is he talking to?

  • magicmikexxsm

    “In March 2004, the Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 2165,” he continues, “a law introduced in response to DeMar’s case, with provisions designed to assert a right of citizens to protect themselves against home invasions, such that self-defense requirements would be viewed to take precedence over local ordinances against handgun possession. The measure passed the Illinois Senate by a vote of 38-20. Barack Obama was one of the 20 state senators voting against the measure.”
    Corsi writes, “Governor Rod Blagojevich vetoed the bill. On Nov. 9, 2004, the Illinois Senate voted 40-18 to override Blagojevich’s veto. Again, Obama acted against the bill.”

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