Gun store owner reacts as Trump urges gun control measures

Gun store owner reacts as Trump urges gun control measures

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - As large retailers around the country, like Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods, make gun control a priority with new policies, the White House is discussing changes.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said he wants Congress to put a number of gun safety measures into a Senate bill that would bolster background checks.

As of late, there has been a bit of a buying frenzy in Ed Chavez's store.

"Some of the shelves are getting a little empty because we're getting a lot of people in here," he said, showing off some of the firearm merchandise.

It's the same frenzy Chavez once saw under the Obama Administration. Current events have customers flocking to R & A Tactical, his gun store in midtown Tucson at 924 West Prince Road.

President Trump is urging lawmakers to add their best ideas to a proposal pushed by Texas Sen. John Cornyn to improve background checks.

"We have to ask ourselves: Do we violate a HIPAA law or make a new law to put those people in the system? Or do we allow 17 people to get killed because one person got through the background check and shouldn't have had a gun? So there has to be a little bit more tighter restrictions on the background check," Chavez told Tucson News Now.

With his 23 years of experience as a Tucson Police Officer, and a decade more as a shooting instructor, Chavez keeps a watchful eye inside his store, analyzing each customer that comes in.

"There are times where I have to really diagnose a customer. But I'm not going to profile customers. I treat everybody the same when they come in here," he said. "I think it's my duty to do that, sure."

Legally speaking, as long as he does everything by the book, Chavez can't be held liable in a civil case for what those customers do once they've made their purchase, according to the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act of 2005.

He said he feels that responsibility of gun safety, whether the federal government will help him or not.

"I can sell a gun to a customer and once they walk out that door I have no control over them. I don't know what they're up to. I don't know what they're going to do. So I'm just hoping that it's a good sale, that it's a good customer, no bad intentions, and they walk away," he said.

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