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Hudson Valley gun shop owners and instructors react to President Obama's announcement

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Gun shop owners are reacting to the President's announcement that he will create a special task force to deal with the issue of gun control. Our Eva McKend has more on how they feel about gun control and the Second Amendment.

HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. -- President Obama's announcement is a bitter pill to swallow for gun shop owners and instructors across the Hudson Valley. They say lawmakers are using the Connecticut shooting as an opportunity to create what they view as unneeded gun reform.

"The fallacies involved in this. There is an element in this country that just doesn’t want to see anybody armed. The government wants total and complete control," said Fred Williams, an instructor at The Firing Lane in Pearl River, New York.

In 2009, a Sullivan County candidate for District Attorney set off a firestorm when he requested the names of every county resident with a pistol permit. This information is still accessible to the public as part of New York State's open record law.

Though gun enthusiasts admit guns are not for everyone, they argue those that want to protect themselves should be allowed and that being a gun owner should not carry such a stigma.

"Guns are not for everyone and if you wish to die at the hands of someone that might come at you with a knife or a baseball bat or a pipe, that’s what you wish to chose, feel free to do so. I don’t and most people don’t. They would like to have the right and the final analysis to defend themselves against an aggressor," added Williams.

For Ken Storer, who has owned and operated Ken's Gun Clinic, a gun repair and refinery shop, out of his home in Harris, New York since the 1970s, gun ownership is a way of life. No new task force or additional law will change that.

"They can’t even enforce what they got going now. There’s hundreds of gun laws. They can’t take care of what they got going now. Why make more? It’s not going to make anybody any safer. It’s not going to help anybody," said Storer.

Appealing to gun owners, President Obama said he believes in the Second Amendment and the country's tradition of gun ownership but maintains the new gun control law proposals will roll out no later than January.

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