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Locals react to sweeping gun legislation

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The President's sweeping gun control legislation has many people in KOTA Territory divided.

Right after the President signed his executive orders Wednesday morning, we hit the streets of downtown Rapid City.  There was a flurry of activity at First Stop Gun & Coin.  People are continuing to buy up assault weapons, often at double their original price. Many are against a large portion of the President's gun control proposals. They say not only does it infringe on their Second Amendment Rights, but that existing gun laws need to be enforced before more laws are enacted.

"We need to protect our Second Amendment Rights.  Can we tweak them with the NRA and both sides?" said Mike Abourezk, attorney.

Some did recognize that the actions from a few can lead to the control of many.

"I don't think you can have a society that gets more and more pushed together and have people running around with guns," said JP Dunnifan, former state senator.

Many of the gun owners and average citizens we spoke to do support the idea of universal background checks. Currently, 40 percent of all guns are purchased without a background check.

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