Gun Control: A Gun Dealer Perspective

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Updated: 5/13/2013 8:46 am


As the gun control debate continues to heat up you may wonder what goes into the background checks for those who want to own a firearm I talked to one local business owner who takes it upon himself to screen candidates who wish to buy a gun.

Michael Orth, owner of Mike’s trading post here in Pocatello sees a lot of people come into his shop wanting to buy a gun. But he won’t sell a gun to just anybody, he takes precautions just to be safe.

“The first rules that we go by here is that you have to be 21 years of age and we will not sell a gun to any non-American citizens.:

Michael later explained that he wants people to buy a gun when they’re old enough to buy alcohol, and he also explained why he would only sell guns to American citizens.

“I don’t think that you should own a gun in the United States of America unless you are a citizen and abiding by our laws.”

One of the most common ways of getting around a firearms background check is to do what’s called a straw purchase; when one individual buys a gun for another. Now mike has seen this many times, he knows the signs and he does refuse the sale.

“Well when an individual will come in looking for a firearm and come in with another individual and say he’s buying it, that’s a pretty good indication, or if they’re talking and you overhear them saying, I want that one, or buy that one, that’s a pretty good indication it’s a straw purchase,” Orth said.

Mike said after the Sandy hook Shooting, guns became a very popular item at his shop, and according to him when customers feel that the government might take their guns away, they come in to buy them.

One this topic he said, “The self-defense thing has really gone crazy, like I said anytime the government talks about taking away someone’s right to own a certain weapon, people will react.”

As a man who sells many guns each year, Mike does not feel that we need new gun control legislation.

Mr. Orth’s view is that, “If we enforce the laws that are already in place, there is no need for additional laws."

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