Conroe man says gun control proposals would put him out of business

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by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on January 15, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 15 at 12:00 PM

HOUSTON -- President Obama is expected to lay out new proposals for gun control legislation on Tuesday.

The recommendations will include a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, as well as stricter background checks for gun buyers.

While we’re still waiting for the specifics from the White House Task Force, a Houston-area business owner says the information that is already out there is threatening to shut him down.

Ken Henderson runs a family owned AR-15 manufacturing company in Conroe.

"All of our guns are built from the ground up… all the parts are done by me,” said Ken Henderson of Kenco Arms L.L.C. "This is my love. It's my passion is what it is.”

Henderson retired as a corporal from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, and says his customers are hunters at heart.

He fears the latest talk of stricter gun control could bring his business to a permanent halt.

"I'm nervous for my future because I've invested a lot my money, in fact, all of my savings on this company,” said Henderson.

His livelihood is now in limbo.

As President Obama is endorsing bans on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, the move is stirring up controversy and strong opinions aren't hard to find.

"It's all a front… trying to make it look like they're doing something, but nothing's going to get accomplished,” said Spring resident Robert Clinkenbeard.

"If the founding fathers that wrote that legislation -- the right to bear arms -- had any idea what kind of arms would be available in the future, I don't think they would've allowed it,” said Spring resident Mary Moore.

"Do we do nothing? Absolutely not. I think they're in the right direction,” said Spring resident Sharon Murillo.

For Henderson, there is doubt that new laws would protect lives.

"The government's always blaming the guns and it's not the guns,” said Henderson. “It's the evil.”

But, those in support of limits on guns and ammunition believe this is something that can no longer be ignored.

On Monday, President Obama said that he could accomplish some of these measures through executive action; however, an assault rifle ban would require approval from Congress.

Congressman Steve Stockman (R-Texas) put out a statement calling the president's actions an attack on the Constitution. Rep. Stockman even threatened to file for impeachment.

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