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North Carolina lawmakers divided on President Obama's gun control plan

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:11:16 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 16 2013 10:03:37 PM CST
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North Carolina lawmakers were reacting to President Barack Obama's $500 million package to help prevent gun violence, the most sweeping gun control plan in American history.

The plan, unveiled Wednesday, included legislation and executive actions not seen since the 1960's. (CLICK HERE to learn the details of the president's proposals.)

President Obama's plan was getting mixed reactions from lawmakers, including those in North Carolina. U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) issued a statement regarding President Obama's gun control plan:

"I will fight any effort to further infringe on the Second Amendment rights of American citizens, whether it is legislation or executive action by the President. I am open to having a conversation about ways in which our nation can address mental health issues and reduce violence, but I will not stand by while the President and others try to restrict the rights of law-abiding American citizens."

But U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC 1st District) is supportive of the gun control plan. He posted on his Facebook account, "President Obama's announcements [Wednesday] concerning gun-control are appropriate first steps to decrease gun violence and prevent future mass killings."

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC 2nd District) had a different opinion, issuing a statement on her website:

"What part of 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed' does the president not understand? We have always known of the president's hostility towards guns and gun ownership, but I am beginning to wonder if anyone in his administration has even read the Second Amendment."

But U.S. Rep. David Price, (D-NC 4th District) said he commend the president for taking action:

"Each of the carefully crafted legislative recommendations President Obama announced today would help us keep guns out of the wrong hands and protect the rights of responsible gun owners. I especially applaud the President for taking executive action to improve enforcement of gun laws already on the books and for pushing to make background checks universal, so that criminals and others prone to violence cannot access deadly weapons."