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Jersey Shore area resident Orion Bovard firmly believes that "as far as Pennsylvania is concerned, I think the current gun laws are good enough."
He supports the law that requires one to have a permit to carry a handgun and he has no trouble with the three- to five- day waiting period that one has to go through before a handgun purchase is approved.
"I think the Second Amendment is very important. I think it's a very strong part of what makes us who we are as Americans. I think we should all be able to teach our children how to shoot, how to use a weapon, when to use one and when not to. More than anything else, for recreational purposes. It's a tool," the 20-year-old said.
"I'm OK with the waiting period, because generally you don't need a gun that fast," Bovard said.
He is not at all in favor of banning weapons.
"If you start banning weapons, I will agree that you're likely to drastically cut the numbers (of firearms on the street), and that's fine. However, people who obtain weapons illegally are still in fact going to get them illegally. So in essence, all you have done with more strict gun laws is take away people's right to defend themselves," Bovard said.
"For one, that is very dangerous, and two, the Second Amendment wasn't meant for self-defense in mind. It was meant as a defense against a tyrannical government in mind.
"The government today has its nose in more things than it should, really," Bovard said.
While certainly no gun collector or gun enthusiast, Bovard does enjoy target shooting. However, he recently has had trouble getting .22-caliber bullets.
"I don't like the fact at all that I can't target shoot anymore. I can't find the ammunition. A lot of stores just don't sell .22-caliber ammunition anymore. It just sells so quickly. I guess people are afraid they won't be able to get it (so they stock up)," Bovard said.
"I don't know if it's necessarily people's hysteria or places aren't selling as much as they used to. I really don't know," he said.
"I don't know how much people are stocking up. I don't work in those places, but to the little guy, it is getting harder to find ammunition," Bovard said.
"You really seemed to notice it after a lot of talk about the president's wish to ban assault weapons," he added.