Gun control laws debated in wake of Connecticut shooting
Opinions split over gun control laws Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The tragedy that unfolded in Connecticut, in the wake of several other mass shootings, has lead many politicians across the country to tackle the issue of tightening gun control laws.
"We're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics,” President Obama said.
While the president subtly alluded to stricter gun laws, one local gun shop owner opposes tightening any policies.
"It's not a firearms problem, it's a person problem," said Bob Irwin, owner of The Gun Store, and author of books on gun safety.
"It's just a gut reaction with politicians and a lot of that public, that we've got to do something," Irwin said. "So, we're going to restrict the guns for the other 200 million other Americans, because this guy, who is already dead, violated the law?" he questioned.
Although Irwin doesn’t want to see gun laws tightened, he does want to see policies change to prevent weapons from falling in to the hands of the mentally ill.
"We're doing background checks for all of those things, except mental illness. And I understand why the HIPAA laws are there, people have a right to their privacy. Their needs to be something done to change, because if you do you research, all of these guys, or virtually all of them, are nutcases of some sort, and people knew it before it happened," said Irwin.
People in Las Vegas don't appear to be shying away from firearms. Irwin says in the wake of Friday's shooting, he has seen sales and registration for his gun safety classes jump by more than 20-percent.