Gun shop owner speaks out about new regulation recommendation

(WTNH / Josh Scheinblum)

BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Ask a Connecticut firearms enthusiast about what they think of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission and you’re not likely to get a favorable answer.

Thomas Imperati, is the owner the Hunter’s Shop in Branford and he says many gun enthusiasts, like himself, are still angry over new regulations placed on owners in the wake of the massacre in Newtown. He argues what was done, like banning the AR-15 rifle and ending the sale of ammunition magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds, hasn’t made people safer but instead has just made things harder on responsible gun owners.

Friday the commission made a new recommendation that is creating waves throughout the industry again. They say the state’s gun laws don’t go far enough and based on their research of mass shootings are ready to recommend a total ban on the sale and possession of firearms that can shoot more than 10 bullets without reloading.

Its a move that Imperati finds troubling, telling News 8 should the recommendation get added to the state’s gun laws it will have a devastating impact on those who sell firearms for a living.

“Its going to put a lot of guys out of business,” said Imperati. “There’s guys out there, big gun stores, that rely on new gun sales and it will close them down.”

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