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    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Serious gun control hangs in the balance as Senator Diane Feinstein rolled out a plan to restrict more than 150 military style guns. This legislation comes on the heels of the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn.

    In the time it takes to reload, gun shop owner Don Hill fires up talking points against gun control.

    "You cannot legislate morality. You cannot legislate crazy," said Hill, owner of Don's Weaponry in North Little Rock.

    Hill turned a hobby into a thirty year profession. As congress mulls over a new military style gun ban Hill goes on with his business dumbfounded by the thought of government limiting guns.

    "All the laws that you're trying to make are strictly against the honest man," said Hill.

    Senator Diane Feinstein proposed a bill that will ban more than 150 guns. Feinstein's bill bans all semiautomatic rifles that accept a detachable magazine and have at least one military feature. To see a list of the guns and the military features click here.

    While Walter Crockran with Stop the Violence, has no problem with hunting or sportsman, he agrees something must be done.

    "It's a start. To me personally it's a start, but you still have the crimes with the handguns," said Crockran.

    According to a 2011 FBI uniform crime report, out of 110 shooting murders in Arkansas, 52 were with handguns, four with rifles, six with shotguns, and 48 guns were unknown.

    The numbers are consistent on a national scale as well. Out of 445 shooting deaths in New York, 394 came from handguns.

    "Everybody shouldn't have a gun. Everybody should not have a gun," said Crockran.

    Feinstein's bill bans all bullet-feeding devices that can supply more than 10 rounds. For Thomas Kennedy the bill is a knee-jerk reaction to the Sandy Hook tragedy.

    "They want to try and get some sort of emotional decision out of the American people before they have the chance to think about what it is they're doing," he said.

    Don Hill stands behind the second amendment, hoping it won't give way to stricter gun laws in the future.

    "We're at the tip of the ice berg, and they just keep chipping away at the ice berg. Once they get these guns, then they'll go after these guns, then they'll go after other guns, and then finally there will be no guns," said Hill.

    Hill said the debate over gun control sparks his business, but for all the wrong reasons.

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