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Some Texomans disagree with gun sale limits

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Sherman gun store owner Jason Webb disagrees with any added restrictions on weapon sales. (KTEN) Sherman gun store owner Jason Webb disagrees with any added restrictions on weapon sales. (KTEN)
Some retailers are now halting sale of assault-style weapons. (KTEN) Some retailers are now halting sale of assault-style weapons. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- Retail giants are making big changes in their gun sale policies in the wake of the latest fatal school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Walmart, Kroger, Dick's Sporting Goods and L.L. Bean all say you'll now have to be 21 or older to buy firearms in their stores.

"Completely reactionary to another school shooting," gun owner Clint Long of Sherman said. "That violates the rights of the 18-year-old that can vote but can't buy a gun."

The retailers feel their decision is responsible, but some Texomans don't agree.

"I don't think it's necessary," said Phillip Lindis of Sherman. "I don't think they should do that. I think they're over-reacting, and I just don't think it's the right thing to do."

And don't expect gun retailer Red River Firearms to follow the lead of the chain stores.

"I'll abide by what the federal government allows and what their regulations are,"said owner Jason Webb, who said he feels new gun restrictions are pointless.

"My brother is a retired Orange County Sheriff's deputy. When they changed the 10-round magazine out in California, didn't change the criminals," Webb said. "Somebody wants to do evil, there's ways that they can do evil, unfortunately."

Like many Second Amendment proponents, Webb said guns are not to blame for crime.

"You know the amount of drunk drivers out there; do we go after the trucks or the vehicles they are driving? No. They are the ones at fault," Webb said. "But when it comes to firearms, it's the gun, it's not the person. So they redirect the blame."

But he does think there are other things that should be done to discourage gun crime.

"Like if you're a gangbanger or whatever, and you get caught with a gun, ride the maximum: Make it to where they don't want to do stuff," Webb said.

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