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Locals differ on gun control

Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 07:51 PM

The national debate on gun control has exploded since last Friday's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that killed 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that President Obama supports efforts to reinstate the federal ban on assault weapons, as well as closing the gun show "loophole" that allows individuals to buy weapons without first passing a background check.

Obama has also charged Vice President Joe Biden with reducing gun violence through proposals of Cabinet members.

Closer to home, Gov. Scott has said he supports the Second Amendment without elaborating. Florida Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, has called for the end of gun-free school zones, and suggested administrators carry concealed guns to deter violence. And South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a long-time pro-gun control advocate, has said the ease of getting a gun in Florida makes gun violence more likely.

Hernando Today asked Brooksville residents to weigh in on the issue, asking their view on gun control and if their mind had changed since the Newtown shooting:

"No, the shooting didn't change them. Existing ones need to be enforced. They do need to be a bit heavier and they should probably register rifles in addition to handguns. You have to register a car to drive it, you should have to register a gun."

— Larry Frey

"You should have guns … no [nothing's changed]."

— Curt Kondo

"It's kind of scary because I am an aunt …I think there needs to be more security placed on school systems and attention to the government to take action on gun control."

— Gebria Booker

"Yes, it's changed, and I don't think they should be selling assault weapons."

— Frank Hartman

"I'm in 100 percent agreement with my husband."

— Suzanne Hartman (352) 544-5283

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