John Monson, owner of Bill's Gun Shop: "The bad guys don't really care what the law is"

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Monson: "People that would use these elements with the wrong intent, they aren't buying them legally anyway."
Gun control, including the possibility of a renewed crackdown on semi-automatics, is a hot topic following last week's Newtown school shooting.

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But would new state or federal legislation have the desired impact of reducing and ideally preventing gun violence? According to John Monson, owner of the Bill's Gun Shop chain, the answer is no.

Back in 2004, just as a 10-year federal ban on certain types of assault weapons was expiring, Monson was interviewed by NPR's Scott Simon. Simon asked him why people like buying and shooting semi-automatic rifles like the Bushmaster AR-15 used in Newtown.

"The guns are just fun to shoot," Monson said.

Monson explained that the federal ban didn't prevent him from legally selling AR-15s and AK-47s. All it did was make it illegal to sell semi-automatics with certain features, like bayonet plugs, compensators that reduce muzzle flash, and foldable or collapsible stocks.

"You hear the people that are for this ban not expiring say, 'Watch out, these guns are coming to your neighborhood,'" Monson said. "Well, I'm here to tell you that these guns never went away and we've been selling them for 10 years perfectly legally, but they don't have a bayonet plug on them or they don't have a compensator at the end of the barrel."

And ultimately, people who want to use semi-automatics violently will find a way to get them whether they're legal or not, Monson said.

"For 95 percent of the population, they are going to follow the laws whether no matter if they are federal or state level," Monson said. "The bad guys dont really care what the law is."

If you'd like to listen to the whole interview, here it is:



-- Hat-tip: Business Insider --



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Julia Tholke
Julia Tholke

No foolin'. Just as the the controlled substances act does little to stop prescription drug abuse.

webcelt
webcelt

Of course the bad guys care what the law is. They're trying to get guns, trying not to get caught, and trying to figure out just what they can do before risking arrest. Unfortunately, they can walk right in to crowded areas without breaking laws until they start shooting. If "stand your ground" becomes law, they might even be OK after they start shooting.

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

Well... Lets hope Bill's doesn't pull the AR's from their shelves the same way the cowards at Dicks, Walmart and Cheaper Than dirt have... COWARDS!

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

What a smart thing to say.  By this logic why can't I buy a nuke at Target?  The bad guys will just get them anyway.   No wonder this scumbag makes his money dealing death.   Since they don't make AR 15s anywhere but gun factories bad guys rely on crooked gun dealers and companies to get guns.  These scummy gun dealers and gun companies fight every sensible reform to make sure its always easy for criminals to buy guns.  They don't care what a gun does, they only care about profit.  Adam Lanza had easy access to a weapon designed to fire lots of bullets extremely fast.  This weapon made it easy for a mentally ill person to kill lots of people before any help could arrive.  The laws need to change.  No one needs this gun for hunting.  This is a murder weapon designed to kill people.   

Melissa Peterson
Melissa Peterson

Legislation will only remove guns from the people who wouldn't shoot someone unless they absolutely needed to in the first place. People without morals and who wish to harm people will have the guns anyway! Look at Canada's crime statistics - astronomically different because most people own guns!!!

John Wolfsberger
John Wolfsberger

I'm surprised Aaron Rupar did not connect Monson to the Connecticut shootings the way he did Bachmann...

A Nunnayabidness Lopez
A Nunnayabidness Lopez

Its because it won't make a difference. Bad guys do bad things with or without firearms. Punching, hitting with bats, rocks, knifing, dog attacks.. if they ban more firearms, they might as well ban building materials, toys and natural objects as well.

Kevin Green
Kevin Green

Now its semi automatics? The thing is it is the whittling away at gun rights and they wont admit their agenda is to totally ban guns for civilian ownership. Lets be honest where does it stop?

Doug Farone
Doug Farone

Don't most bad guys my their guns legally through straw sale

Tony Bones
Tony Bones

true. take away the gun rights and you'll get bad guys bullying

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann You're still a moron I see. Blaming the dealer/company. His MOM bought the guns. The only way to close that loophole is to run a background check on everyone you've ever known. You know, much like Obama's Fast and Furious operation.. trying to find straw buyers. But you know this wouldn't be as big an issue if the gov't could clamp down on the media and their sensationalizing of this tragedy.. Oh wait.. that would violate the First.. Not cool, but clamping down on the Second is OK? There were and are very specific reasons for both. Try learning them from someplace other than Dunn Bro's and the CC Club.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@CinBlueland  Go to hell scumbag.  The AR 15 is designed to kill people fast.  It's an evil gun for evil stupid people.  The fact a psycho like Adam Lanza could easily get a hold of one shows anyone with a brain the need to change the laws.  The AR 15 has no purpose beyond killing lots of people fast.  You are a stupid evil person.  You troll on this with stupid points and then don't respond when you get cornered.  Your stupid point about zip guns the other day?   Why no response to my points about the killing power of a one shot homemade device?  Could Adam Lanza have killed 26 people with a zip gun you stupid fuck?  You are seriously such a stupid evil person.  You see 20 dead kids and you think nothing should change?  You spout some stupid nonsense about Obama?   Your stupid thoughts kill children.  You spout hate filled nonsense instead of deal with the issues.  I insult you but I have things called facts and logic in my posts and they are relevant to the topic.  Please connect Adam Lanza and fast and furious stupid.  Your nonsense is just a jumble of words.  Please explain how Adam Lanza has something to do with Bush and Obama fighting the Mexican drug cartel?  Please explain how they are connected and how you would change things to prevent future Adam Lanza's from killing 26 people.   No one wants to read your stupid lame easy to disprove Fox News bullshit.  Just typing the words Fast and Furious mean nothing stupid.   

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