Gun Regulations | VideoAlex Hagan | 12/18/2012
Don Shuler is a hunter, but he also has a concealed weapons permit.
"Own quite a few different guns, bunch of pistols, bunch of rifles."
Gun control advocates have been arguing that guns are too easy to buy, long before last week`s shooting.
Mandan Sporting goods employees go through a lengthy process everyday to follow ATF regulations. Every customer has to fill out a background check and answer questions on whether or not they were a convicted felon.
"Specific questions that you have to answer truthfully, that you either are or not," said owner Brandon Charvat.
The FBI background check can take anywhere from a couple minutes to three days. Most of the time customers get the gun that same day, but employees have the right to deny the sale at any time.
"If there`s anything suspicious as far as the sale. If he smells like alcohol, if he`s you know jumping around and where you think he`s on drugs or something. At any time we can refuse the sale," Charvat said.
Gun shop owners say they have to follow all the rules, or they risk losing their license to sell firearms.
"We are following under federal guidelines through the A-T-F as far as how we`re doing things and we`re doing things by the books," Charvat said.
Customers say criminals find ways to get guns no matter what.
"You look back, they steal them, they do whatever, it`s not usually the person that owns the gun that did the shooting. It`s usually somebody else," Shuler said.
If a convicted felon is caught carrying a firearm, they face a minimum of 30 years in prison.
People with a concealed weapons permit do not have to go through a background check when purchasing a firearm. Their information has already been logged by the ATF.