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January 19, 2013

Guns going fast: Obama plan prompts buying spree

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JOHNSTOWN —

Reaction to Obama

Gun-control supporters praised Obama’s proposals.

“These are reforms that should have been law in the country decades ago,” Christian Heyne, of Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, said in a statement.

“In the wake of the gruesome mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, we now have the opportunity to make sure future generations of Americans will not have to endure similar horrors,” said Heyne, who lost his mother in a gun-related homicide.

CeaseFirePA said in a statement that it also supports Obama’s plan.

“We support closing the private-seller loophole and requiring background checks for all gun sales as well as ammunition sales,” said Shira Goodman, executive director.

The group also supports a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Gun sellers brush aside such remarks, saying gun control will only hurt the law-abiding citizenry.

“If assault weapons are banned only the criminals will have them,” Salem said. “And you won’t be able to defend yourself against the criminals who have them.”

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