Garland, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Thursday night, the Senate did something that many of us thought we wouldn’t see in this day and age—passing legislation that would at least include some of the stricter oversight and regulations on gun purchases.
Garland’s Targetmaster operators say their customers who come here to buy rifles and pistols probably won’t notice much difference after the legislation goes into effect.
But it will increase scrutiny for those under the age of 21.
The Targetmaster founder is a fierce supporter of gun rights, but he also supports expanded background checks for those under 21.
“I’m in favor of that part that should have been done a long time ago,” Manewicz said.
Including juvenile delinquent records in FBI background checks on firearms purchases is a key component of the gun violence bill designed by Senator John Cornyn in the aftermath of the Ovaldi and Buffalo mass shootings.
The legislation expands restrictions on the purchase of weapons among those convicted of domestic violence as well as only married couples.
It also provides financial incentives to states implementing red flag laws that may allow weapons to be withdrawn from those identified as dangerous.
Red flag laws are something Manevitz believes could be misused by the government and that he hopes Texas won’t adopt.
“In some states, all a person has to do is tell the police that they think the person is a danger to themselves or anyone else, and they can confiscate the guns,” Manewitz said.
John Vollenweder of Mother Against Police Brutality argues that there was nothing in the bill that would have prevented the recent mass shootings.
When will we pursue the means of this crime? It’s a combat-ready semi-automatic rifle, Vollenweder said. “Without that gun, Sandy Hook, Buffalo, Ovaldi are just revenge fantasies.”
While there are those who don’t think the legislation goes far enough, it is expected to be the most significant action Congress has taken on guns in decades.