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Heartland gun owners speak out about Obama's gun control plans

MARION, IL (KFVS) -

In light of the many recent violent attacks across the globe involving guns, President Obama met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey to discuss options for gun control measures.

“These are not only recommendations that are well within my legal authorities and the executive branch but there are also ones that the overwhelming majority of the American people, including gun owners, support and believe in,” President Obama said.

Some experts say the steps might include expanded background checks and increasing the number of sellers forced to register as gun dealers.

However, the more President Obama pushes for more gun control, the more push-back he seems to get from many gun owners.

Most gun owners agree that the right to own a firearm comes with a lot of responsibility.

Gun owner William Mocaby said proper training along with practice is only part of good gun handling.

“I mean, you see it every day," Mocaby said. "You may go to Walmart to buy groceries, you may pass 25 people that are conceal carry."

He said law-abiding gun owners know their duty is to protect themselves and their families and that more laws only stand in the way.

“There’s no law out there that’s going to hurt the criminal," Mocaby said. "The criminal is going to get the gun, whichever way he can."

Tombstone Gun Range and Training center owner J.D. Barter said that as the president makes the move for more gun control, many of his customers want to be prepared. 

“We do see an increase when something like this happens, because of people’s fear that the government will overstep or overreach its boundaries,” Barter said.

While the specifics of Obama’s plan are still unclear, Mocaby said the federal gun laws only break away 2nd amendment rights, a little at a time.

“Parts of firearm ownership, we are losing them," Mocaby said. "They’re just walking right out the door, and it’s nothing big, but it’s little pieces at a time. Before you know it, they’re going to be gone."

Many people have supported Obama's past calls for universal background checks or bolstered mental health support, especially in the wake of mass shootings like the one in San Bernardino.

The president will hold a town hall meeting later this week to make his case before the public.

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