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Valley reaction to President Obama's gun control proposals

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - President Obama has unveiled new policies aimed at reducing gun violence.

His proposals include requiring criminal background checks on all gun sales, banning military style assault weapons and limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.

The President also signed 23 executive actions that will strengthen current laws.

At Miller Rod and Gun owner Michael Miller, Jr. has gone through years of gun control debate. He says amid the calls of new laws and restrictions it always comes down to one thing.

"Will it actually stop crime or save lives? We don't believe it will because these laws will be followed by us, the law abiding citizens, but once again the people who do the shooting are criminals. They're not law abiding citizens," Miller said.

The President says it's time for Congress to require a universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun whether it's from a licensed dealer or a private seller.

The President says even the majority of NRA members support the checks.

"Do we think there's some unstable individuals that could be identified that own guns? Yes, we do," Miller said.

Those checks would also apply to gun show sales. The Eastwood Expo Center has hosted a gun show for many years, and a spokesman for the Cafaro Corporation foresees no changes for the popular event

"It's a legally Constitutional protected activity. We always maintain that the promoters of these shows abide by state, local and federal laws," said Cafaro spokesman Joe Bell.

One of the Presidents executive actions calls for launching a national safe gun ownership campaign; something Miller says has existed for a long time.

"It's called the National Rifle Association, and if people would stop fighting it and start embracing it they would find that education is key," Miller said.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown believes the President is taking a comprehensive approach that takes a broad approach to include guns, mental health and school safety.

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