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Bill Proctor says he wants lawmakers to listen up about gun safety

Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor
Posted at 6:54 PM, Feb 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-11 14:36:56-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) --  Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor wants state lawmakers to follow  President Obama's lead when it comes to gun safety.     

He's also calling on Tallahassee community leaders to help with increasing awareness of this issue. When speaking to commissioner Proctor you can see he is very passionate about tighter gun control.


At the White House recently the President is also speaking about taking action when it comes to gun safety laws.

President Obama says,  "To prevent something like Newtown or Oak Creek from happening again."

Proctor says he will be keeping a close watch when the President give his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. Obama is expected to ask for a ban on certain military style assualt weapons, close loopholes in background checks at gun shows, and to make schools safer.

The Commissioner believes those measures could help curb violence right here at home.

Bill Proctor says, "We are simply here to project and to say there has to be reasonable parameters for which ownership and availability of certain weapons are placed on America's streets."          

Proctor spoke to reporters at the Leon County courthouse in the shadow of the capitol.

With the legislative session set to begin march 5th,  he wants lawmakers to listen up.

Proctor says, "We want to be clear that our legislature's are aware in that they are able to receive some support some measure of direction as to how we feel in this community about guns."

But not everyone feels the same as Proctor or even the President.

Last week a group rallied at the Capitol.

They fear any gun control takes aim at the second amendment, the right bear arms.

Bob Russell says, "I don't want my rights to be taken away and that is what I see happening.  They are chipping away at our constitution and before long there won't be any left."

On February 20th Proctor plans on holding the The Gun Violence Prevention community Summit from 6pm to 8pm at the Leon County Courthouse.