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CATCH IT: Michigan leaders fiercely pursuing gun control measures


UNDATED (WKZO) – Guns have been the focus of political scene lately, but not for lack of cause. Nationwide, gun sales have been on the rise for the past five years seeing large spikes in 2008 and 2012. The New Year, however,may be on its way to shatter all records over the past 14 years.

“The shelves are empty,” says Lenden Eakin, “the ammunition doesn’t stay in the store.” As a Class 3 weapons dealer, Eakin notes the skyrocketing demand for firearms across the country has been overwhelming for stores.

Eakin spoke with Michael Patrick Shiels on Michigan’s Big Show Tuesday, to talk about the state of the nation in regards to second amendment rights. “It’s because of proposed legislation that people are scared,” Eakin explained, “they do not want the right to protect themselves taken away.” Watch above for the full interview with Lenden Eakin.

Eakin is referring to legislation that will be introduced next month by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein announced the bill will halt production of assault weapons and ban them completely from use. The senator said Sunday in an interview with NBC that she believes President Obama will support the legislation and sign it into law.

Michigan support for new gun laws is gaining ground as Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and Flint Mayor Dayne Walling announced Monday in a press conference they will support a “common-sense” approach to gun control measures. Both Mayors have also joined the Mayors Against Illegal Guns group.

In opposition to hasty gun control actions, numerous elected officials and law enforcement officers have begun their own campaigns, with some vowing to go to war before giving up their right to legally bear arms.

Representative Steve Stockman, a Republican from Texas, says he’s willing to call for articles of mpeachment if the president uses executive order to instate gun control measures. Stockman says the use of executive order on the second amendment is "an infringement on our constitutionally-protected rights."  

The Obama administration is expected to address plans for gun control litigation in a statement to be released this week.