Locals React To Obama's Executive Action On Guns

Posted at 5:46 PM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 19:37:43-05

With tears in his eyes President Obama spoke about the children lost to gun violence in an executive announcement Tuesday.

"Every time I think about those kids it gets me mad and by the way it happens on the streets of Chicago every day," Obama said. 

In a unilateral decision, the President took executive action to curb gun violence. Obama's plan includes prosecuting anyone who is in the business of selling firearms without a proper license or conducting background checks, which he wants to expand to include violent criminals who try to purchase weapons under umbrellas like trusts.

"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," Obama said.

In Tennessee, a private seller is not required to have a license or conduct background checks.

"That's actually the 'law of the land,'" said gun show promoter Rex Kehrli. Kehrli is the promoter for R K Gun Shows, which has made several stops at the Fairgrounds Nashville.

He said Tennessee and many other states do not require private sellers to have licenses or conduct background checks, the debated gun show loop hole.

"I think we've got plenty of laws on the books if we'll just enforce the ones we have," Kehrli said. 

Tennessee Firearms Association Executive Director John Harris brought up this point. "He's presented a lot of proposals in his speech today but he really hasn't signed in orders that actually implement any new changes," Harris said.