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Gun Control Debate Has Oklahoma Gun Owners Worried
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-- As thousands loaded up on ammo at a gun show on the Oklahoma County Fairgrounds, undercover officers with the Oklahoma City Police Department spotted a convicted felon in the crowd.
Officers say they found the man handling weapons and took him into custody. He was transported to the Oklahoma County Jail.
"Convicted felons don't need to have guns," said James Pasquali, who attended the gun show, "people that are law abiding citizens need to carry weapons."
Pasquali says with exception to felons, it's a citizen's right to bear arms. Many patrons at the gun show say Sunday's arrest is an example of what lawmakers should focus on in the gun debate: enforce current laws and uphold the second amendment right.
"Concealed carry or not, I think handguns have a good place in our public," said Brandon Haynie, another gun show attendee.
Some attendees, like Pasquali, are also working on getting their handgun license.
"I had some pretty bad threats made against myself and my family," Pasquali explained.
Pasquali says these threats prompted him to buy a gun and apply for his license, he will soon join the 140,000 Oklahomans who carry a concealed handgun license.
Oklahoma has seen the number of licensed handgun owners explode in recent years. Vendors at the gun show say they have also seen a record number of gun sales.
Melissa Burger, co-owner of "Locked and Loaded" in Choctaw, OK says with gun control brought to the forefront in Washington, many of her customers are worried.
"They're just fearful of oncoming legislation," Burger explained, "so they're trying to buy, while they have an opportunity to buy."
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) took to Sunday talk shows to discuss her proposal for an assault weapons ban.
"This has always been an uphill fight," said Sen. Feinstein on CNN's State of the Union, "this has never been easy."
The ban would stop the sale, importing, and manufacturing of specialty firearms and certain semi-automatic rifles. This echoes President Obama's legislative agenda, which includes plans to curb gun violence after mass shootings like the tragedy at Sandy Hook.
As lawmakers discuss what needs to be done to prevent mass shootings, gun enthusiasts, like Pasquali, say they hope Washington lawmakers will uphold the constitution.
"I hope that they don't have any knee jerk reactions," said Pasquali.
Posted: Monday, January 28 2013, 12:01 AM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Search continues in creek for missing Okla. teen
May 25, 2013 22:59 GMT
KINGFISHER, Okla. (AP) -- Authorities continue to search for a Kingfisher teenager who disappeared after jumping into Uncle John Creek.
Police say 17-year-old Taylor Faine jumped into the creek Thursday and did not resurface. Kingfisher Fire Chief Randy Poindexter told The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/10s2oB6 ) on Saturday that manmade dams have been built in hopes of finding Faine's body.
Authorities say Faine was swimming with friends in an area where no swimming signs are in place because of dangerous currents in the creek.
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