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Locals React to Possible Stricter Gun Background Checks

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On Thursday, Senators on Capitol Hill could pass a bill to expand background checks for gun purchases.

The gun control debate has grown increasingly heated in the months since the Sandy Hook tragedy.

The general consensus from northern Nevadans we talked to, is that stricter background checks is a necessary step that needs to be taken. The same goes for one gun shop and indoor range in town.

If the proposed bill is passed, it will have virtually no effect on businesses like Safe Shot Indoor Range. They already perform background checks, but that doesn't mean they aren't paying close attention.

"It's everybody's right to own a gun, and we have our Second Amendment rights," says Jim Harwin. "But, it's not the right of a criminal to own a gun."

Harwin, the general manager at Safe Shot, told us this bill would have a big impact on sales both online and at gun shows.

"If they do require background checks at the gun show, then maybe they should have one or two central dealers doing the background checks and just doing that," he says. "Set up just to do that, and then, it would make it a little bit more accommodating."

We wanted to know what people thought about possible stricter background checks.

"It's common sense," says James Paese. "We have laws to protect people. And you know, as long as they're not infringing on peoples' rights, I think it's a good idea."

We did talk to people opposed to stricter background checks as well. They told us the government should do a better job of enforcing the laws in place now.

One thing is clear, this debate over what should be done is far from over.

"I'm very, very pro-guns, if you can't tell," says Harwin. "But, I'm pro-background check. I think we need to tighten it up, and I'm curious to see how they come forward with this."

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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