Gun control debate continues, Obama expected to use Executive Action to reduce gun violence

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WASHINGTON -- Battles over gun control continue and President Obama is expected to use Executive Action to reduce gun violence.

The debate is back on the forefront after the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino.

In his final year in office, President Obama wants to tighten gun laws by strengthening background checks required when buying a gun.

"Congress has stopped him at every turn even after the tragedy in Newtown at Sandy Hook Elementary, where innocent children died. Nothing happened in Congress after that," said State Rep. Emily Virgin, Democrat District 44.

State Representative Emily Virgin said getting stricter background checks is a step in the right direction and argued every right in the Constitution has its limits.

"We can put reasonable restrictions on those to make sure your right to bear arms doesn't infringe on my right to live," said Virgin.

NewsChannel 4 went to H&H Shooting Sports where the owner, Miles Hall, said going after guns is not the answer.

"What this is talking about doing is if a father wants to want to buy a gun for his son, that they will have to do a background check on the son, and that's kind of silly," said Miles Hall, H&H Shooting Sports.

He said law-abiding citizens should have the right to defend themselves and claims the real issue is not being addressed.

"You look at all these shootings, every last one of them, have two things in common. One is the mental instability of the individual, which has been documented, and the other is these so-called 'gun free zones'," said Hall.

Despite differing opinions, only time will tell what will happen when the Obama Administration challenges Congress to change gun laws.

The President met with the Attorney General Monday to talk about a three-month review of steps to take to help reduce gun violence.

The State of the Union Address is next Tuesday, Jan. 12.

 

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