Angelina Co. gun activists react to no assault weapon ban

HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - Many gun activists are calling it a small victory.  The Senate will not be voting on a bill that included a ban on assault weapons.

"It's been proven over and over that outright bans do not work. Every country that has put in bans still have criminal factions that get the guns," said gun store owner, Casey Evans.

Evans says that all the discussion has only helped in gun sales and not just those classified as assault firearms.

"People are buying guns. They don't care if it's an assault weapon. I've sold more handguns than assault weapons," said Evans.

Gun rights activist and firearm safety instructor Donnie Kee believes the bill would not have worked any way.

"Chicago has had pretty restrictive laws. Washington D.C. has had very restrictive laws with regards to firearms. Look at the statistics. It shows it has had no effects on people with firearms," said Kee.

When an alternative bill gets brought up, the senate will be looking at tougher background checks. That is something Kee thinks is doable.

"I don't see a problem with that. I know it will cause some inconveniences but if it will save lives I don't have a problem with that. What I do have a problem with is restricting the ownership of firearms," said Kee.

Some worry that the ban can still be voted on but as an amendment.  Experts say that won't happen and gun enthusiasts like, Evans hope they are right.

"It's wrong, no ifs ands or buts about it. The second amendment is there for us to protect ourselves," said Evans.

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