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Oklahomans wary over president's gun control executive actions

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DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) -President Obama announced a series of executive actions designed to reduce gun violence, including expanding background checks for buyers.

In Southwest Oklahoma, the reaction has been generally negative toward the president's executive order.

President Obama says his ultimate goal is to keep people safe when it comes to guns, but a Duncan gun dealer and Sheriff Wayne McKinney believe the executive action is a big step in the opposite direction.

"My concern is the trampling over our constitution. The Second Amendment gives law abiding citizens the right have arms and protect themselves and their family," said Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney.

Sheriff McKinney says he feels the president's decision is an example of executive overreach. He believes the debate should be decided through our legislative process. 

"The House and the Senate really need to be working with the president, and if they feel that there's issues that need to be addressed it needs to go through the proper process," Sheriff McKinney said.

Keith Stewart, the owner of Firearms Solutions, says the president's revised gun restrictions only hurt the law abiding citizens, and not the targeted individuals.

"I don't need a gun to kill a lot of people. I could kill a lot of people with my car, don't need a gun for that. I don't think it's a gun violence problem, it's just a violence in America problem. What we do to fix that. I don't know what the answer is," Stewart said.

Stewart says there are already enough laws in place when it comes to buying guns. He suggests the government should do a better job enforcing them.

"If you want a gun, you'll get a gun. It doesn't matter if you buy it here or at a gun show or out on the street. If you want a gun, you can get a gun and I don't know that his executive actions are going to change that," Stewart said.

Oklahoma's U.S. senators also criticized the president's plan. Senator Jim Inhofe says the president is trying to "show off to his liberal base.” Senator James Lankford says the president's action will likely spur sales of guns and ammunition to people concerned about their gun rights.

The president is scheduled to address the nation on Thursday.

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