FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- President Biden targeted “ghost guns” and “red flag” laws in his gun control executive orders announced Thursday.
Some Fort Wayne residents argue it’s our constitutional right to bear arms - as long as we’re registered, law-abiding citizens.
Others argue any gun safety measures are a slippery slope towards too much government control.
Deonte Edwards is a first-time gun owner.
“Picking up a little strap a little gun to go to the shooting range,” Edwards said.
He’s an avid video gamer - shooting games like Call of Duty are his favorite.
Edwards was at ZX Gun Thursday because he says you can only have so much fun sitting in front of a screen with a controller.
“You go to the shooting range and now you can actually have some fun,” he said.
Edwards is all down for fun, as long as the gun is registered.
“If they’re buying pieces offline and then assembling them, then the guns not registered,” he said.
Edwards is referring to “ghost guns” - handmade or self-assembled firearms made from individual parts or kits purchased online.
These guns are a major target of President Biden’s new gun control executive orders.
The issue: these weapons don't have serial numbers nor require a background check.
“The ghost gun thing is very scary. I don’t think people should be able to build their own guns,” Stacey Davis said.
Davis, one of the leaders of Justice Accountability and Victims Advocacy, better known as JAVA, has been a registered gun owner since her son was murdered in 2016.
She believes it is our second amendment right as Americans to own a gun, but “some of the criminal activity could be lessened by doing some common-sense enforcement,” Davis said.
Phil Jones with ZX Gun disagrees.
“It’s clear that those laws do not work. All they do is take the guns away from the law-abiding citizens that wanna protect themselves so the bad guys know ‘I’m the only one on the block with a gun,’” Jones said.
Jones says criminals will commit crimes, regardless.
“If changing the law, if the law was enough to keep people from doing these things, then it already wouldn’t happen because it’s already illegal to shoot somebody,” he said.