INDIANAPOLIS (WISH ) – On Tuesday President Barack Obama announced sweeping gun control measures, including expanding background checks for gun purchases.
“It doesn’t matter whether you’re doing it over the internet or at a gun show. It’s not where you do it, but what you do,” said President Obama speaking about the types of purchases.
The president said the new measures will help reduce violence, but Indianapolis gun dealers question it.
“I mean, for lack of better terminology, I think its stupid,” said Brian Ludlow, the owner of Indy Trading Post, a gun shop on the city’s southside.
Ludlow said it would add unnecessary restrictions on dealers and won’t do anything to reduce gun violence. He said if the president really wanted to reduce gun violence he would enforce current federal laws.
“I think if they would just enforce the existing laws or enhance sentences on these guys that go out and do violence with guns then maybe that will help stop some of it,” said Ludlow.
Indianapolis is coming off of its deadliest year ever, 144 homicides in 2015.
At the White House Tuesday afternoon the president said 30,000 Americans are killed every year by gun violence.
“Suicides. Domestic violence. Gang shootouts. Accidents,” said President Obama.
The president wants to require businesses selling firearms to get a license and be forced to conduct background checks for everyone that wants to purchase a gun, even businesses at gun shows. He says it would help reduce gun violence by keeping guns off the streets.
Ludlow already performs background checks, but said once the gun leaves his store, he has no control.
“Even doing background checks on private individuals, you do that background check now, is that person going to give that gun to someone else? I mean its not going to stop anything,” said Ludlow. “I don’t think it’s going to do anything to reduce crime or violence.”
The president said it’s a matter of balancing the Second Amendment with the other constitutional rights.
“So the gun lobby may be holding Congress hostage right now, but they cannot hold America hostage. We do not have to accept this carnage as the price of freedom,” he said.
The president also said he wants to add 200 more ATF agents and investigators, and require dealers to report lost or stolen guns in a timely manner. He also said the federal government will do more to help those with mental illness.