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Mid-South leaders respond to president's gun control proposals

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MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – President Barack Obama released his gun control proposals Wednesday. Just hours later, politicians from Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee are already preparing to make federal gun control illegal.

President Obama's gun proposals led to more gun purchases at places like Range USA Thursday.

"People are scared what's going to happen with the supply so the demand is going up," gun owner William Burch said.

Barbra Smith is concerned about her personal protection. 

"At 65 years old I'm buying my first gun," she said. "I think that the president's initiative is great however before the rules of the game change I wanted to make sure I had a personal firearm."

Army National Guardsman John Rutland is against banning assault rifles.

"It's our second amendment. We have a right to own weapons," Rutland explained. "I kind of earned that right. I pass background checks, psych analysis. I know how to fire the weapon safely."

The president's proposals were met with a resounding "no" from political leaders across the Mid-South.

"We need to send a clear message to the federal government that we're not going to continue to enforce what we believe to be unconstitutional laws because it's simply an executive order," Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said.

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi said, "The President's executive actions, as well as his legislative proposals, are cause for serious concern." 

And Tennessee Republican Representative Joe Carr is proposing a state law to make it a crime in Tennessee for federal agents to enforce any effort to ban firearms or ammunition.

Arkansas's U.S. Senator John Boozman said, "President Obama's statements today touched on some areas of common ground, but ultimately his plans rely too strongly on the failed gun-control ideas of the past.

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