Austin gun store owner talks about Obama's new gun control plan

Austin gun store owner talks about Obama's new gun control plan

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Michael Cargill, owner of Central Texas Gun Works says on Wednesday morning during the President's speech, his store was packed.

"We had probably about 15-20 people in here. There was a lot of chatter. People were really upset because they believe their guns are going to be taken away from them," Cargill said.

Cargill thinks the President's hope for Congress to call for universal background checks is unconstitutional.

"That's a bad thing. You're talking about having a person do a private sale to another person trying to do a background check. We don't do that for cars, we don't do that for anything else. So why are we doing that for guns? Guns are just a tool. People are killed in automobiles and killed with an automobile. I don't see us having to do the same thing with automobiles," Cargill said.

He says background checks cost anywhere from $15 to $60 depending on the store. He says the cost is merely to cover the time it takes to do it.

Recently, they were on the phone for three hours trying to do just one.

Perhaps the most controversial news of the day -- the President is hoping Congress will reinstate the assault weapons ban.

Cargill says it would hurt many gun stores, but it wouldn't hurt his business too badly.

That's because they make most of their money by selling handguns and teaching the classes to legally carry them. But they do sell semi-automatics like the AR-15.

"If they come out with some type of ban, as in trying to ban AR-15's or high capacity magazines, only thing they're going to do is they will put thousands of Americans out of work and they will shut businesses down and that's going to affect our economy," Cargill said.

Whether the President's more controversial items will make it to law remains to be seen.

But FOX 7 did contact the White House Wednesday. A representative told us the Executive Orders went into effect as soon as the President signed them.

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