A majority of Americans support some gun control measures, like banning high-capacity magazines, according to the Pew Research Center.
Still local opinions are sharply divided ahead of Tuesday’s special gun control session in Richmond.
“I don’t want to lose my gun rights, and I don’t want to see anybody else lose their gun rights to be able to protect themselves and their family,” said West Salem Tactical Owner Greg Puckett.
Puckett doesn’t think much will come of the special session, and says this kind of government over-reaction is nothing new after a tragedy.
He says some of the proposed bills could threaten Second Amendment rights, like limiting handgun purchases and removing guns from individuals posing substantial risk.
“The gun never jumps up and shoots anybody. And if somebody’s bent on going mayhem, they’re going to do it. Whether it’s with a gun, baseball bat, a golf club, a hatchet,” he said.
Bernadette brown disagrees.
She’s rehearsing for a gun violence awareness event Sunday and will be going to Richmond Tuesday to personally make her case.
“If you own a gun, there’s no blame or shame; it’s just understanding that [by] owning a gun, your intent is to injure or kill,” she said.
She says she’s had a gun pulled on her in the past and has lost loved ones to gun violence.
She says some of the proposed bills could save others her anxiety and heartache, like stiffening penalties for leaving guns around children, and tightening concealed carry permits.
“Any action you can take to curb gun violence, you should stand and take that action,” she said.
Puckett tells WFXR that business hasn’t been affected either way, but things are certainly subject to change if Virginia’s government shifts parties in the upcoming elections.