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Local Gun Owners Concerned Over President’s Proposals

gunsWEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — As congress battles over the president’s sweeping gun control proposals, local gun owners are left to wait and wonder.

Today at Guns Inc.  in West Springfield, Casey Storozuk came in looking to buy ammo for several of his firearms. The gun enthusiast from Chicopee says he grew up with them, getting his first at the age of 7.

“It was a communion gift from my father and that was a Japanese rifle from World War II.”

But the newly proposed overhaul of the nation’s gun laws has him a bit nervous about just how far the government will go to curb what the president called “an epidemic of gun violence in this country”.

“I agree wholeheartedly with background checks as we do in Massachusetts,” said Storozuk. “I believe if you decide to do a 10 round magazine maximum, that’s fine. To put a ban on assault weapons is ridiculous.”

But that’s exactly what President Obama urged lawmakers to do – ban assault weapons. Similar to a federal ban passed in 1994 that expired 10 years later in 2004.

Storozuk maintains it’s not always the weapons that should be the focus, but the people who use them.

“The lawful gun owners like myself we go through training, we learn stuff and we do things right. It’s more of the criminal faction and unlawful guns.” And while he understands the potential need for some restrictions… like a federally mandated universal background check… he also urges moderation on everyone’s part.

“You know I’m not in favor of all the laws that they’re looking at in Washington, but I’m in favor of a lot of them and I think most gun owners are.

Most Washington insiders agree the ban on assault weapons has the least chance to pass congress. However, mandated federal background checks on gun owners – what the president calls his top priority – seem to be getting bi-partisan support.