Gun Dealer: Obama's Order Won't Stop Mass Shootings
HERMON, Maine — One Maine firearms dealer says President Barack Obama's executive actions to tighten gun control are unnecessary and will not affect his business.
Obama announced a series of measures at the White House today, including one that would force those who sell firearms on the Internet, and at gun shows, to be licensed and conduct background checks.
Fred Emerson runs Allsport Performance in Hermon, where he sells a range of guns and ammunition.
Obama's actions, says Emerson, aren't likely to stop mass shootings.
"I don't think what he's doing would have affected anything that has happened," he says. "You've got mental health issues. You've got people selling privately. It's hard to stop somebody like a lone wolf."
The president's plan would also require gun manufacturers and sellers to alert federal authorities any time a gun doesn't show up in the mail, after it has been shipped.
Obama is also calling for $500 million in additional federal funding to treat mental illness.