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Massachusetts Gun Shops Weigh in on Sales as Call for Gun Control Grows

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    In the wake of the deadly Las Vegas mass shooting, the call for gun control has once again grown louder as the country grapples to find a way to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.

    (Published Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017)

    In the wake of the deadly Las Vegas mass shooting, the call for gun control has once again grown louder as the country searches for a way to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.

    "Right now, it's a very negative attitude toward the sale of guns and those that own guns, and it's an understandable argument," said Richard Callaghan, owner of Callaghan Firearms in Marlboro, Massachusetts.

    But Callaghan said there already are restrictions in place that limit what he can sell — like high capacity magazines.

    "You can go to a show as a private citizen, buy all these and re-sell them, and you’re legal — it happens and they know it happens," Callaghan said.

    He said he also understands the concerns over the so-called bump stock that allowed the shooter’s semi-automatic weapons to fire as if they were fully automatic.

    "A lot of places don’t allow it. I don’t know anybody in Massachusetts that sells it — you don’t need it," Callaghan said.

    Justin Gabriel, the president and owner of The Gun Parlor in Worcester, argues that gun laws wouldn’t have prevented this shooting because the Las Vegas shooter reportedly obtained his guns with a legal license.

    "Gun law wasn’t going to stop it. Murder was illegal — you can’t go and murder people, but he did it anyway," he said.

    Gabriel added that people wishing to harm others don't just use guns — they've used cars, knives and other things to inflict harm.

    "It doesn’t always have to be a gun, but it seems to be that every time that it is, we're attacking the people that are responsible gun owners in the country," he said.

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