East Texans respond to Obama's executive actions on gun control

East Texans respond to Obama's executive actions on gun control

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - From the White House, President Obama delivered an emotional announcement on his multiple executive actions to strengthen gun control. The president referenced the mass shootings that have recently plagued the nation saying the executive orders are a step into closing loopholes in the gun business.

Several East Texas gun owners and gun dealers disagree with the decision.

"I believe in the Second Amendment. It's there written on the paper. It guarantees the right to bear arms," Obama said.

Some East Texans said the president's swift move to cut gun violence by beefing up background checks on buyers infringes on those rights.

"I don't think it's something they can force. You just have to catch them when it's wrong and prosecute them or make them do it right," said Joshua Davis, a Lufkin resident.

Obama's multiple executive actions ask states to expand background checks for private sales and to report people not qualified to get guns.

"The citizens that are buying them respectfully and properly are being hounded. I feel like license-wise, we're doing it right," Davis said.

The president addressed an issue with the "gun show loophole."

"Individual to individual, you don't have to get a background check ... even at the gun show," said Karl Hogslett, owner of Hog Arms.

East Texans said the gun show rules could change, but that wouldn't stop the issues at hand.

"Whether they are a legitimate citizen or a criminal, they're going to find ways to get them," Davis said.

"They're going to get it from somewhere else. Maybe a neighbor, parents, grandparents, but they'll end up with a gun," Hogslett said.

The president wept as he recalled the lives lost in mass shootings across the country, his efforts to "stop one act of evil, one act of violence."

Residents said those behind the triggers of massacres, however, won't be stopped by the enforcement that has made things more difficult for law abiding citizens.

"I don't think that is the cure all. There are many avenues it's going to take to cure," Hogslett said. "These gang bangers and people who commit crime for a living, they don't buy from licensed dealers period."

The series of executive actions also includes "expansion of the background checks for online gun purchases." A classifieds magazine, "The Peddler" in East Texas says they do not yet know how the laws will affect their ability to post gun sale ads.

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