Rhode Island Reacts to President Obama’s Gun Commission

by Mark Curtis, ABC 6 Chief Political Reporter 


It was another busy day for gun and ammunition sales at Foster Bear Arms, in Foster.

Customers were buying up, concerned that a commission appointed by President Obama, will recommended making certain guns illegal.

President Obama said, “If we work hard to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be fewer atrocities like the one in Newtown.”

But gun owner Dave Kenik said, “The big problem that I have with a ban on guns, a ban on assault weapons or something, is it's going to do absolutely nothing to deter crime. The only way to stop an armed bad guy is with an armed good guy.”


In fact, Kenik bought out the store's entire supply of magazines for his hand guns.

Meanwhile at the police academy graduation in Lincoln, Governor Chafee praised President Obama for forming the gun commission, which will include some conservative voices.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I-RI), “Yes this is good news. And the fact that different sides are coming together, is critically important to have Senator Manchin from West Virginia, a gun advocate and a gun enthusiast, representing the NRA, I would assume, at the table.”

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, “A number of police chiefs told me they are supportive of the president forming this study commission on guns, simply because all too often it is their police officers who fall victim to these weapons.”

But other lawmakers who support gun rights worry the Newtown school massacre will prompt a ban on certain weapons.

State Rep. Mike Chippendale (R-RI) said, “Rather than trying to put band–aids on symptoms, let's find out what was the root cause? What was the deep down problem that needs to be solved.”

Gun control supporters call fears of a widespread ban unfounded.

But store owners say their inventories are selling out faster, than they've even seen.