SAN MATEO, Calif. (KGO) --There is strong reaction in the Bay Area to President Obama's orders from gun shops to people who lost loved ones to gun violence.
Just like the President, Shawn Richard wept when he watched Mr. Obama's nationwide address on guns.
"I started crying. You know tears rolled down my eyes, I thought about my brothers," said Shawn Richard of Brothers Against Guns.
Brothers Tracey, 20-years-old was shot on Easter Sunday in 1995, and Keointa, a 19-year-old, was also murdered four years later. Both were victims of gun violence. After that, Richard created Brothers Against Guns to try and curb street violence. He supports what the president is trying to do.
"Like he said, we're not trying to take away your guns. We're just making it harder for folks to get access to guns," Richard said.
Michael Krause also saw Obama's speech. He's an ex-cop, a licensed gun dealer for some 45 years who owns an antique weapons shop in San Mateo.
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Krause says California already has one of the strictest gun laws and background checks in the nation. Among those prohibited from buying guns are felons and those who suffer from mental illness. But Krause says the system doesn't always work.
"The shrinks, the psychiatric community don't do their due diligence to let the proper authorities know these people are imbalanced to the point of doing what they do," Krause said.
Krause believes the president won't be able to achieve what he's set out to do.
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