Neighbors React to Gun Proposal
TWIN TIERS -- [WENY] The President is calling on Americans to stand up and say 'enough,' but local gun owners are not happy with today's announcement on top of tough new state gun laws signed by Governor Cuomo yesterday.
Local hunters call the President's proposal a violation of their constitutional rights.
President Obama signed 23 executive actions that don't require congressional action.
And he's calling on congress to require background checks on all gun sales along with a ban on assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines.
Vice President Biden says he met with 229 different groups, from sportsmen to religious leaders to put together these new gun laws.
But, a lot of hunters and business owners out here, just aren't satisfied.
"There are millions of responsible, law-abiding gun owners in America who cherish the right to bare arms for hunting or sport or protection or collection. I also believe most gun owners agree that we can respect the Second Amendment while keeping an irresponsible, law-breaking few from inflicting harm on a massive scale," said President Obama.
A lot of hunters and sportsmen in the Twin Tiers think the president is going too far.
"I think a lot of these infringements with the gun rights are against our constitutional rights. As long as you're a law abiding citizen, and you have no criminal record, you should be able to buy as much or anything you want," said Jim Sonnema, a Hunter.
The new proposals won't just be impacting a way of life out here.
Some people told me that while they aren't happy about President Obama's proposal, they're angrier about Governor Cuomo's decision yesterday.
Some, are even threatening move out of New York.
Tom Witzel manages Hesselson's Sports store. He's got some concerns, including the fact ten-round clips that are now illegal in New York State.
"Now in NY state every time a gun is transferred between two individuals they have to have a background check done. So whether we're going to have to set certain times aside so people can do that or if we're just gonna do that regularly in our daily routine of running a business, we're not sure how that's going to effect it," said Witzel.
Witzel says he's still waiting to find out what he should do with the few guns that he has in stock that are now deemed illegal.
He's thinks he may have to sell them to other states or wait to see if the manufacturer will be forced to take them back.