Locals react to President Obama’s new executive actions

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – For gun store owners, business is booming.

“Some guns that are really popular we are out of. We don’t know when we will get them, don’t know we will get them,” Richard Le Royal says.

Since President Obama has been discussing stricter gun laws, weapons have been flying off shelves.

“There is literally nothing for us as a gun shop to go out and buy. I literally have to buy from people’s private collection to be able to come to the gun show,” Royal says.

President Obama says every single year more than 30 thousand Americans are killed by gun violence.  His new executive actions aim to enforce more gun laws, increase background checks and help those suffering from mental illness.

Obama says, “We know we can’t stop every act of violence and evil in the world, but maybe we could stop one act.”

Surf City Guns owner Richard Le Royal says North Carolina already has stricter laws in place.

Royal says, “Our laws are pretty well set. A lot of states follow what we’ve already done. We have a good conceal and carry, we have a good permit process, and we always do checks anyway.”

Sandra walker agrees. She says guns aren’t the issue, it’s the people.

“The problem is evil, it’s not necessary the guns, and I know Obama says he’s not trying to take our rights away, but I do feel like it’s a start,” says Walker.

“He’s doing a good thing by trying to keep people from getting shot by guns, but as long as bad people are on earth they’re going to get guns,” says S&D Gun Show owner Sherwood Caraway.

For now, President Obama says changes won’t happen overnight and Royal hopes it doesn’t eventually affect his business.

Royal says, “If we go one step further than that, you’re not leaving with a weapon that day or for how long.”

President Obama will discuss stricter gun laws at the last state of the union next week.

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