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OKLAHOMA CITY – The President calls for action in the wake of last weeks school shooting in Connecticut.

Pres. Obama demanded concrete proposals to deal with gun violence.

That may include new restrictions on weapons and improvements in mental health services.

The president hopes to have recommendations for specific changes by January.

From the governor to the average gun owner, it’s fair to say the President’s speech Wednesday is being met with skepticism here in Oklahoma.

As a gun enthusiast and gun maker, former Sen. Steve Russell opposes stricter gun controls laws.

“The Amendments in the Bill of Rights should not be subject to abandonment,” Russell said.

Pres. Obama didn’t just target possible new gun laws, the prevalence of violence in video games and movies will also be up for discussion as will issues of mental health.

Still, every time the President speaks about gun laws, sales of guns skyrocket.

“You’ve got people buying everything they can get their hands on,” H&H Shooting Sports owner Miles Hall said.

While the owner of H&H does support some restrictions on gun sales to those with mental health issues, he said privacy rights make solutions tricky.

“You know nobody wants to give a gun to someone with mental challenges but the question is, how do you discern that,” Hall said.

“The last thing I want is to get into a hurry for something that affects a constitutional right,” Congressman James Lankford said.

Congressman Lankford agrees with those at H&H, saying Congress should not act quickly to curb gun rights.

“Congress is notorious for doing things in a hurry that are bad,” Lankford said.

Gov. Fallin’s office also released a statement on the Presidents speech.

The governor said she hopes that “lawmakers focus on access to care for the mentally ill and better enforcement of existing laws.”