Local gun sellers react to Obama’s proposals


by Vicente Arenas / KHOU 11 News


Posted on January 16, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 16 at 9:07 PM

HOUSTON -- President Obama’s proposal to require universal background checks has some gun owners talking.

His plan would require private sellers to perform a background check when selling a gun.

Asked if the proposed law is a good thing, Carlos Vasquez said, “Absolutely”.

Current laws only require licensed gun stores to conduct background checks. There are no requirements for private sellers.

Some studies estimate nearly 40 percent of all gun sales are made by private sellers.

Many of them are made at gun shows. That’s why some call it the "gun show loophole.”

Chris Sevidal said he does not think owners should be required to check backgrounds when selling personal guns. He has sold guns to friends and relatives.

President Obama said the goal of the universal background check is to reduce gun violence by keeping them out of the wrong hands.

A background check could also keep guns away from the mentally ill.

Jimmmy Montenegro said that’s a good thing because “there are a lot of crazies out there. A lot of crazies shouldn’t have guns.”

There are still many questions about how a universal background check law would be enforced.

Some people worry criminals would still get guns on the black market.

Carlos Vasquez said the proposal is “not going to hinder me from anything. It’s just one step I have to do to sell the person a gun.”

The president will now try to convince a divided Congress that tighter gun control laws are needed.