Local Gun Stores React to Recent Debate

After the most recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, many national stores have begun to pull certain firearms from their shelves.

Posted: Mar 2, 2018 10:53 AM
Updated: Mar 2, 2018 10:54 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) As the gun debate continues across the country, local store owners are weighing in on the issue.

Ryan Sullivan, the owner of A-1 Gunrunners in St. Joseph believes that education and training could be the key to keeping children safe.

"That's something that we need out there and that's something that we need bad," Sullivan said. "And we need to teach our kids at the earliest ages that firearms can kill, Firearms can wound, firearms can hurt."

Sullivan offers training at his store but thinks that it is important for every person that walks out of his shop should know about gun safety, however, he doesn't believe training should be mandated by the government.

"We give you an inch, they will take a mile and they will take every inch of that mile," Sullivan said.

Some stores have already begun to take the responsibility out of the government's hands by implementing their own rules.

Walmart, Krogers and Dick's Sporting Goods have all changed their policies about gun sales.

Some are limiting what kinds of guns are sold in stores while others will not sell any guns to anyone under the age of 21.

"Based on what's happened and looking at those kids and those parents, it moved us all unimaginably," Dick's Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack said. "To think about the loss and grief that those kids and those parents had, we said 'we need to do something.' We're taking these guns out of all our stores permanently."

Federal lawmakers continue to debate how to respond. In Missouri, 27 gun bills have been introduced this legislative session, but only one of those bills was in response to the school shooting.

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