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Area Residents React to Obama's Executive Order on Gun Control

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Obama acted alone on gun control today, using his executive powers as president to enact tighter gun control laws without Congress.

Many are applauding the president's executive action.

"I think after eight years it's finally getting to him and Congress is to blame for their inaction," said Amy Fleming, Chair of Citizen Action.

But those opposed to this legislative move characterize the action as just another abuse of power by the White House.

"What they're trying to do is they're trying to take the means of protection away from them by passing onerous gun laws that don't do anything but keep honest citizens from owning firearms," said Tom King, President of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association.

Fox 40 asked area residents how they feel about the president's decision.

"I think the stricter background checks is a good idea because you want the right people to conceal a weapon," said area resident Chris Goff.

"I don't believe it would be a good idea to ban guns 100 percent because people need protection for themselves."

"Should there be stricter gun control? Yes, but to a certain degree," said area resident Abby Andino.

"No I don't think that the president should just go over Congress and issue any order that is going to affect the entire United States" she said.

"We need to be armed too, and that's what I think."

The executive director of the National Rifle Association's Institute of Legislative Action fired back to the president's order in a statement saying "The NRA will continue to fight to protect the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed under our Constitution."