Local Reaction to President Obama's Executive Orders

RENO, Nev. Critics of President Obama's gun control proposals say the 23 executive orders infringing on the Second Amendment. But how exactly will these changes after gun owners?

At Safe Shot Gun Range in Reno, J. Bruce says they only allow people to buy one magazine at a time. Each magazine holds 30 rounds, but under the President's new orders, magazines will be capped at 10 rounds.

"I don't think anybody needs 30 rounds'" Jim Reynolds, a gun owner in Reno said. "If you're a hunter and you need 30 rounds to bring down game, you've got to change sports."

Supporters of the change say it's an easy one to live with.

"California has been on a cap for I think it's about 10 years where they can't have more than 10 rounds in their magazines," Bruce said. "They've dealt with it just fine, so I don't see why everyone else can't."

But both Bruce and Reynolds are realistic. Both men say the change won't make much a difference if someone can shoot fast and accurately.

"If you're proficient at what you're doing, you can shoot of 7 rounds and change magazines in 2 secs," Reynolds said.

"I did a demonstration of going through 25 rounds in 3 clips and it's pretty fast," Bruce said. "So to say that 30 round magazines is able for more people to do damage, really you can do it with anything."

Magazine limits is not the only order, Bruce and Reynolds agree with.

"Some of them are going to be good," Bruce said. "Everybody should be doing a background check at a gun show to eliminate criminals or people with issues who shouldn't be owning a firearm."

"The whole point is to keep the guns out of the bad guy's hands," Reynolds said.

One of the more controversial orders is the ban on military-style assault weapons.

"If it's a re-enactment of 1994, it's going to be all cosmetic.," Bruce said.

The Federal Assault Weapons Ban was signed into law by former President Clinton. The 10-year ban prohibited the manufacture for civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms, or "assault weapons". The act did not affect the legal status of fully automatic firearms, which are regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986.

The Federal Assault Weapons Ban sunset in 2004 but during it's run, it was illegal to manufacture any semi-automatic rifle with a folding or telescoping stock, bayonet mount, flash suppressor, or threaded barrel designed to accommodate one, among various other features.

Reynolds says this new ban is just a revival of the old.

"You know they're taking flash hiders, bayonet lugs, and the stock and pistol grip has to be in one piece," he said.

Other changes include closing loopholes which allow people to buy guns from private sales or gun shows without background checks.


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