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Gun Shop Explains Assault Riffles

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President Obama is sorting through recommendations made by Vice President Biden and a task force on how to stop gun violence. He is also weighing steps he can take without lawmakers approval.

The possibility of some type of ban on weapons has a local gun shop concerned and left with many unanswered questions.

"If the ban goes into effect, what is the ban? Can you sell the ones that you have to recoup some of your money that you have invested in a shop?" said Jack Williams, a sales person at Total Firearms in Mason.

Williams told 6 News it's possible that a Mossberg .22 Plinkster, a .22 caliber rifle with military-style cosmetics could be on the ban list. The firearm is semi-automatic and can hold a 10-round magazine.

Williams said it doesn't fire rounds with one click of the trigger.

"What people don't understand is you have to pull the trigger every time to make it shoot," said Williams.

Although the Mossberg .22 Plinkster looks intimidating, Williams says it's not much different than a hunting gun. The only difference is its looks.

"A hunting gun and the Mossberg .22 Plinkster can both take the same bullet," said Williams.

He says the military-style firearm can be used in a variety of ways and is known for being very accurate and durable, including for sport, competition and hunting.

"There's no reason to be afraid of it. It is just a tool and like I said earlier, it's no different than a screw driver or a sledge hammer. If a tool is used the wrong way, then something is going to happen," said Williams.

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