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Local Reaction to Proposed Gun Limits

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President Obama's list of proposed gun limits sparked a rash of reactions across Northern Nevada today.

Gun dealers say the threat of limiting assault weapons has fueled a run on sales.

"They are buying up assault rifles, ammunition in large amounts and rifles too," said John Clement at Bizarre Guns on Oddie Boulevard in Sparks. 

As for the specific regulations, of course gun dealers and owners feel that they are an infringement on their rights. But most people feel there is some room for negotiations on regulations for those with mental illness owning guns and on closing the loophole by mandating background checks on person-to-person sales.

"I am a gun owner," said Mary Swanson of Reno. "But I think there's room for a discussion on more background and mental health checks."

"There's no real way to keep the guns out of the hands of the criminals," said Jeff Tupa of Reno. "So more laws will just hurt people like me, law abiding citizens. But I guess there's room for background checks on personal sales."

"I wouldn't mind seeing a gun in every level headed American's hand," said a federal agent who didn't want to be identified. "It's like crack or meth or other illegal drugs. If the criminals want guns they'll get them. So don't limit guns to those who follow the laws."

Northern Nevada, like the rest of the nation is split but seems to see some room for negotiations. Meantime, gun store owners expect to see sales through the roof until some decision is made.

Written by Erin Breen  

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