Lowcountry residents react to nearly 26-hour sit-in over gun control

VIDEO: Lowcountry residents react to nearly 26-hour sit-in over gun control
Man shooting gun at a gun range (Source: Live 5)
Man shooting gun at a gun range (Source: Live 5)

SOUTH CAROLINA (WCSC) - The Lowcountry is feeling the impacts of a controversial protest in Washington, D.C. over gun legislation.

Democrats in the House of Representatives took part in a nearly 26 hours sit-in over gun control in the United States.

Despite the sit-in and mass shootings recently, gun sales are still on the rise in the United States.

"Some parts of the country are having tremendous sales," said ATP Gun Shop & Range Owner Arlyn Pendergast. "We're having good sales, but we pretty much always have good sales."

Pendergast said he's seen a change in purchases of firearms due to recent events.

"Some are buying now, just in case they can't get it," he said. "Believe it or not some people are selling, because they're afraid of the government trying to take it away, so they're trying to get some compensation out of it."

Several bills on stricter gun laws have failed in committee going through Congress.

Democrats held a nearly 26 hour sit-in on the House floor protesting the decision.

"The time has come for us to keep guns out of the hands of people accused of hate crime," said South Carolina Democratic Representative James Clyburn.

During Clyburn's speech he brought up the shooting at Mother Emanuel last year, and what he calls the loophole in the system that allowed the shooter to get a gun.

"Eighty-two percent of America wants that bill to come up and be signed in expanded background checks, and ban assault weapons," said Elder James Johnson, who approves of the sit-in.

"The problem with this whole thing is there are more than enough gun laws on the books right this minute to cover everything they've been talking about," Pendergast said. "They just won't enforce them."

Pendergast adds he feels the sit-in was childish of representatives to do.

"You don't throw a temper tantrum and sit in the middle of the street and cry," he said. "You do how you're supposed to be doing it. We should just have six year old up there running the government because they'd probably do a better job."

Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, went on to say it was a "stunt" to try and get money from people.

"The Republicans are childish for not getting on board with 82% of America," Johnson said.

Democrats took the floor around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Republican adjourned from the House, shutting off the camera sometime around 3:00 a.m. Thursday.

C-Span provided live video from Representatives phones through streaming applications like Periscope.

The House is expected to return from recess on July 5.

Democrats have said they will continue to move gun reform legislation through Congress.

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