Local Firearms Coach Weighs in on President’s New Gun Restrictions

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SACRAMENTO --

If you are firing a handgun in California, that gun should have gotten into your hand through what is already the most restrictive process of gun ownership in the country.

But the rules for gun ownership across the country are about to become more restrictive.

"Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad. And by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day," said an emotional President Obama, wiping away a tear as he decried gun violence and moved to more strictly enforce gun rules -- rules that California gun owners say we’ve already got.

"Everything the president said today is really irrelevant to California. Because we're even more stringent than what he wants,” said Ron Etchells of Yankeeshooter.com.

Ron Etchells is a firearms coach. He trains people on how to get a concealed carry permit and how to use a gun once they've got one. And he's had a busy December, teaching people who want to gain gun skills.

He says he had over 100 students sign up after the tragedy in San Bernardino that left 14 people dead. Those victims were shot with weapons that appear to have been purchased legally in California.

Etchells said his customers are worried it could happen to them, and at the same time, they're worried new laws aimed at curbing gun violence might make it impossible for them to arm themselves.

"There are no loopholes. There are none. You don't walk in, ‘wink, wink nudge, nudge,’ and sneak out the back door with a firearm. It doesn't work that way," said Etchells of the laws governing firearms purchases at gun shows in California.

Still, California's legislative leaders were lauding the President's move -- saying it would make it harder for criminals to buy guns elsewhere and bring them into California.

State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin DeLeon announced Tuesday that he will introduce a package of new gun control laws in the next few weeks, and he’s hoping to get those bills on the governor’s desk as soon as possible.