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Gun rights advocates rally against president’s proposals

OKLAHOMA CITY—The issue over gun control is polarizing people across the country, including those in Oklahoma.

Acting on the gun control task force’s recommendations, the president’s plan includes universal background checks, cracking down on gun trafficking, banning high-capacity magazines and assault weapons.

Many gun owners say those changes would be against their Constitutional rights.

In fact, about 2,000 people showed up to the Oklahoma State Capitol to show they are not backing down and disagree with the proposals.

Bryan Hull, gun rights rally organizer, said, “If they are not able or willing to enforce the laws that we have then they don’t need to be writing any new laws.”

Scott Charlton, rally attendee, said, “We want to make sure to send a message that we’re not just going to lay down. We’re going to fight it, him, for it. We want to keep our rights intact.”

Last week, President Obama announced 23 executive orders aimed at limiting gun violence.

However, many gun owners say they believe all the necessary gun laws were mapped out in 1791.

Hull said, “We have a Constitution in order to set the boundaries for government to protect us in case we get leadership that doesn’t believe in our rights.”

While there weren’t any supporters of the president’s proposals at the Capitol, around the country citizens say it is important to consider at least some of the plan that could reduce gun violence.