CHICAGO (WLS) --President Obama says using his presidential powers to tighten gun control is not a plot to take everyone's guns away. The president says something must be done to prevent more mass shootings, crimes he says have become the new normal since 20 first graders were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
"Every time I think of those kids, it makes me mad," Pres. Obama said. "And by the way, it happens every day on the streets of Chicago."
Chicago leads the nation in gun killings yet, gun advocates point out Illinois has some of the toughest gun laws in the country. President Obama is calling for expanding background checks to include gun shows, websites, flea markets and individual sales. Currently, Illinois state law requires a three day check for handguns and a one day check for long guns at gun shows.
Gun control advocates, including U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, say the problem isn't Illinois but lax laws in nearby states.
"Forty percent of the crime guns in the deadliest sections of Chicago come from gun shows in Northwestern Indiana. Why? There's no background check," Durbin said.
One Indiana gun dealer wants more details about Obama's plan before he can say how it would affect him.
"As a licensed dealer and responsible gun owner we are interested in keeping firearms out of the hands of people who should not have them," says Brad Rupert, general manager of Midwest Gun Exchange.
But, the Illinois State Rifle Association says more gun laws are not going to keep the wrong people from having guns...
"You are talking about criminals in dealing with drugs and gang activities. They're going to get them some way or another," says Richard Pearson of ISRA.
ABC7 reached out to many Chicago-area gun dealers, but they all declined to appear on camera. They had the same mixed response as other gun dealers, saying they're waiting to see what exactly the new actions entail but they feel more regulation is not the answer to gun violence.