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Locals react to president's gun control proposals

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New Orleans, La. - Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says there should be no debate about whether assault weapons should be banned.  He calls them the weapons of choice for drug dealers and gang members.

"Everybody in the city of New Orleans who has ever seen a murder scene where there are countless yellow cones that represent where a casing from a firearm is, that is a military-style assault weapon that was used to kill someone," says Chief Serpas.

He also supports the president's recommendation to renew a 10-round limit on the size of ammunition magazines.

"If you don't have those clips available, maybe there's a way to break up time. It could be an interruption maybe for a victim to get away, when they shot five times at them as opposed to 40 times," says Chief Serpas.

"No matter what, people are going to kill, whether they do it with a 9mm, a shotgun or a revolver. I mean people are going to kill," says New Orleans actor Ameer Baraka.

Baraka grew up in the B.W. Cooper Housing Development and once led a life of crime.  He says he doesn't believe banning assault weapons will deter criminals from using them, especially since he says they already possess the guns illegally anyway.

"Since I've been coming up, guys have been killing guys with these weapons," says Baraka.

"Yes, criminals will get their hands on guns, but that's not the question. The question is, what was behind 300,000 Americans dying from gun violence in a decade?  And what could we do smarter?" says Chief Serpas.

At Gretna Gun Works, the phone is constantly ringing and sales have skyrocketed in the last month as talk of possible restrictions on gun sales grew louder.

"Certain types of guns are very difficult to get if at all. Certain calibers of ammunition are almost non-existent," says store manager Jason Gregory.

Gregory believes the ban will simply limit a gun owner's right.  "Anytime you try to ban something, it's going to create a black market. It's going to create problems in the system and even in the previous ban, you could still buy these firearms. You could still buy these magazines," says Gregory.

Still, President Obama is urging a reluctant Congress to act soon, and says the only way change will come is if the American people demand it.

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