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Traficant addresses crowd, discusses gun control

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BROOKFIELD, Ohio - He's not running for office, but former Valley Congressman Jim Traficant can still draw a crowd.

The nine-term congressman who served prison time for a bribery conviction, spoke to about 100 senior citizens in Brookfield this morning.

He shared details of his past experiences and also touched on topics being debated in Washington.

He spoke to 21 News on the issue of gun control and more specifically the idea of having guns in the classroom.

"I think one of the reasonable approaches may be, and it may sound unusual, would be to have certain members of the faculty, or hunters, or avid hunters, who are familiar with guns ... like they have additional stipend pay for coaches ... have an additional stipend pay for several of them who would be and have available to them in a secure environment, a weapon to protect the school," Traficant said.

Traficant said he is open to more stringent background checks but believes no matter what the law says, guns will get into the hands of the wrong people.

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