NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- With new proposals to control gun violence from the White House, gun rights advocates are up in arms.
Many said they intend to fight any legislation that restricts their constitutional rights. Sales were up at Don's Weaponry in North Little Rock.
According to gun shop owner Don Hill, more people have been buying high-capacity magazines and rifles known as AK's in light of President Obama's proposals to tighten US gun control,.
Hill has been in business with Don's Weaponry for more than 30 years and said he does not like the term "assault weapon" because he feels it's political rhetoric. He said an assault weapon is not just an AK -- but any object ; a gun, knife, or tool can be used to assault someone else and can be equally dangerous.
"You're legislating an inanimate object. The people who have been doing crime with it are looney tunes, and you can't legislate that," Hill explained. "There's already enough laws on the books to do what we need to do, but the ATF doesn't enforce them, the Federal Government doesn't enforce them, and you got to have money to enforce these laws. So, all they'll do is affect the honest man. The criminal is a criminal so he won't care."
Kevin Reagan served in the U.S. Military. He feels responsible gun ownership is what it's all about.
"I don't have a problem with it as long as the people who shouldn't have one, don't have one. And I have no problem with background checks for everybody. But law abiding citizens, I don't think they should be limited," Reagan said.
Others though, support the Presidents initiatives. THV 11 spoke to several in the River Market District on Wednesday.
"Yeah I think particularly with travesties that have happened in schools recently, gun control is definitely needed," Victoria said.
"There is no reason for people to have access to weapons that can only be used for assault and really only military people should be having," Lia said.
Hill said the solution is to have legislators enforce the laws already on the books, rather than institute new policy.
The passionate debate continues.