WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Our neighbors to the south are considering sweeping changes to their gun laws.
If it passes it could be some of the strictest in the country, something gun shops here think could benefit them.
"It may generate some business for us," said Guns Inc manager Phil Marcil, West Springfield.
Marcil is one of several Massachusetts residents watching closely as Connecticut lawmakers consider sweeping changes to their gun laws, it's all in response to the Newtown CT school shooting.
"I really would like to have very strict gun laws," said Rosina Goodrich, East Longmeadow.
But not all people think the laws will make a huge difference - just force more people to buy their firearms across the state line.
"They don't stop people for gas prices, people come to Massachusetts from CT because it's cheaper here I don't think they're going to do anything different, they'll come up here for cheaper ammo," said Jason Lovett, Springfield.
Having nothing to do with the gun control talks in Connecticut, gun shops in Massachusetts have already been really busy since Newtown, for example, at Gun Inc. They're experiencing an ammo shortage, limiting the number of boxes people can buy.
Connecticut's legislation will expand the state's assault weapons ban, bans large capacity magazines and would implement universal background checks.
While the changes may generate some business in Massachusetts, Marcil says Connecticut residents will still find there are some measures they won't be able to get around.
"You're not going to be able to run in here and buy an AR15 for yourself because if it gets banned in Connecticut you can't possess it so there's nothing we can do to sell it to you," Marcil said.
The legislature is still debating.
Governor Dan Malloy says he'll sign the bill into law.
Family members of the Sandy Hook shooting victims have voiced their support.