Gun shop owners react to handgun ruling

June 28, 2010 (CHICAGO)

In northwest suburban Elmwood Park the owner of Illinois Gun Works says business has picked up since the decision. People at the shop's firing range are pleased with the ruling.

The firing range was busy Monday at Illinois Gun Works in northwest suburban Elmwood Park.

"We live in a city with a very high crime rate. It's well known that a lot of the criminals have access to illegal firearms and I think it's only fair that the citizens should have the right to defend themselves," said Luke Lavecchia, gun owner.

The shop's owner says he's been flooded with calls and emails all day. He says Chicago's plans for more gun regulations won't work because criminals will still get guns.

"I think the law abiding citizen suffers through it all because they have to abide by all of the rules and regulations. And it doesn't really do much for the criminals. I don't see anything that they've done as far as any gun control measure has any great impact on crime," said Don Mastrianni, owner, Illinois Gun Works.

Mastrianni says he supports making training for gun owners mandatory.

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