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SHERMAN, TX -- Many people say they are opposed to President Barack Obama's new gun control plan, but there are differing reasons on why they do not think it should go through.

Some people say they just do not want the government interfering and trying to take away any freedom to own guns, while others do not believe that the ban would stop criminals from getting a hold of guns.

Even at the Red River Firearms indoor shooting range, opinions differ about President Obama's plan. "What actually is an assault weapon, what a high capacity magazine is, i'd like to hear some actual factual discourse instead of both sides screaming and yelling," says Denison resident Jana Norris.

The store is now putting on concealed gun permit classes weekly, as business has picked up following December's killing of 26 people at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut.  Some residents say they do not believe that the president's plan would not help stop such a tragedy.

"It's not like it was a law-abiding citizen that went and did the shooting," says Sherman resident Miguel Lopez.

"If teachers were armed or there were security guards, if they had known there was someone in the school that could defend the school, they might not have thought they could just break in and kill," says Sherman resident Cannarissa Lind.

A new Associated Press poll shows nearly six in 10 americans support stricter gun laws following the Sandy Hook shooting, but President Obama would need support from congress before he could enact any bans.

"I think the only people that'll have them if they take them all away is just the bad people will still be able to get them," says Sherman resident Dennis Marr.

"It's very easy to go online and buy guns and nobody asks for your ID, nobody asks for anything, so maybe stricter laws as far as that goes," says Bells resident Ali Liquori.

Many people say they do not want any infringement on the right to bear arms. "I don't want them taking our guns away, I believe the second Amendment should stand and I don't want any fooling with executive orders," says one shopper who did not give her name.

"It's the criminals causing all the problems and we're not doing enough against the criminals with the guns to keep them behind bars and finding some way to keep them from getting guns," says Van Alstyne resident Daniel Groom.

An assault weapons ban was in effect from 1994 to 2004. Congressman Tom Cole, R-Norman, is among those opposed to reinstating the ban, and issued a statement saying he opposes any measure limiting second Amendment rights.