Locals react to gun control debate

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- As the nation debates gun control, they're getting ready for a weekend gun show at Expo Idaho.

Organizer Paul Snider of Lewiston has promoted more than 650 guns shows in the Northwest over the past three decades.

He passionately believes President Obama is using the Sandy Hook massacre as an excuse to outlaw all guns in the United States.

"It's what I'm fearful will be the beginning of the end," Snider said. "And our Second Amendment will be destroyed by the president who hates the Second Amendment. And I pull no punches."

Nobody seems to be pulling any punches as the long hot debate over gun control in America has now become super-charged after the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Despite fresh opposition from the National Rifle Association, the White House is looking at a ban on assault weapons sales, limits on high capacity ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun buyers.

While many see that as trampling on their right to bear arms, other gun owners we talked to say the president's proposals make sense.

"Everyone who buys a gun should have a background check," said Charles Nicholas of Boise. "It's ridiculous we don't do that already. I own guns, and have bought guns without anybody scrutinizing my background. I think that's completely wrong."

President Obama plans to push new measures on gun violence during his State of the Union speech Feb. 12.