Some East County residents say President Obama's gun proposal won't change current laws

ALPINE, Calif. - 10News spoke to some East County residents Wednesday evening who say President Obama's proposal on gun control will not have an effect on the current laws.

The U.S. Border Patrol has always encouraged residents, especially those living in rural areas, to report border crossing or criminal activity. But many residents in the far East County like Bob Maupin protect themselves by arming themselves.

"All of my encounters of being shot at from Mexico and other things like running into Tecate police officers on my property with their guns drawn," said Maupin.

Not only does Maupin own 250 acres along the border in the community of Boulevard, he is also a former gun store owner.

He told 10News that Obama's proposal will not change a thing, notably in California.

"In the state of California, you may not buy or sell a gun without going through a gun store and going through a background check," Maupin said. "That's just the way it is."

On Wednesday, Obama announced a series of new proposals in an attempt to prevent gun violence, including universal background checks for gun purchases, a ban on high-capacity magazine clips and a renewed ban on assault weapons.

Maupin proudly wore an National Rifle Association cap to remind all who see him of the Second Amendment rights.

Maupin was among about three dozen East County residents from Boulevard to Alpine who attended a Border Patrol forum in Alpine Wednesday evening. They listened to what has been happening with Border Patrol activity in their communities.

Different Agents-in-Charge spoke about everything from ultra-light aircraft narcotic drops to apprehensions being down.

"From my perspective, it's absolutely a good thing," said Chief Paul Beeson, the chief patrol agent of the San Diego sector.  "We have seen a decrease, a substation decrease really in illegal activity."

The Border Patrol's ongoing actions are appreciated by many of these residents.

"I think the cooperation with the Border Patrol is very important," said Tecate business owner Judith Knudson."We have great expectations of them but they are human beings too."

Still, many of these residents feel they are often times forced to take matters into their own hands to protect their property and their families. Like Maupin, they will do so if necessary.

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