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Locals Divided Over Obama's Gun Control Plan

The stage is set for what could become the most sweeping political battle over gun control in about 50 years.

President Barack Obama presented his plan on Wednesday to combat gun violence. He also asked congress to do several things. One includes bringing back a ban on some assault-style weapons and ban high capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Some Texomans want to see this become a law.

"I watched his news conference and I agree that no one needs an assault weapon other than police and military," said a local resident.

But the idea is actually not sitting well with one of Texoma's law enforcement officials.

Clay County Sheriff Kenny Lemons said, "Our second amendment allows us to have weapons and the law abiding citizens that follow those rules are the only ones that he's taking guns away from."

Lemons said assault weapons have been banned before and he has never seen a positive change come from the ban.

"Bad guys are always going to have weapons. It's the criminal element. They've always had guns and any kind of gun they want. They don't register their guns, they don't go to places and buy them and show identification," said Lemons.

The sheriff says our current gun laws should just be enforced better. The president also wants congress to implement a universal background check, including private sales. Lemons says failure to do background checks isn't a big problem in Texoma.

The president's 23 executive actions don't need congressional approval. Some of those actions include requiring federal agencies to make background check data widely accessible and tracing seized guns and making sure they don't go back to dangerous gun owners.

The president's proposal also includes taking action to improve school safety and more access to mental health care.

These gun control proposals and executive actions come over a month after a gunman killed 26 people including 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6

 

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