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SD Gun rights group reacts to Obama's executive orders

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While the NRA is promising the "fight of the century" over the president's call for action, we wanted to know what other gun advocacy groups are thinking.

South Dakota Open Carry agrees with some of the president's points, like urging congress to require universal background checks.

But Jesse Rierson of South Dakota Open Carry he had differing opinions on parts of the president's executive orders on gun control.

He told us much of the debate on gun control is not focusing on the right issues.

For Rierson, exercising your right to bear arms is not about hunting. He says it goes back to our founding fathers.

"Their biggest fear was the government, the federal government becoming too powerful and abusing the constitution, abusing the rights of the people. The second amendment was written so the people would have a way to resist government tyranny and oppression," Rierson said.

He doesn't like the idea of reinstating the assault weapons ban.

"I don't agree with that at all. I believe civilians should be able to own those types of weapons," Rierson said.

With more than 8,000 gun deaths in the U.S. in 2011, some might say the president's executive orders on gun control were about time.

"But a very small percentage of those were committed with rifles. I think the number was 323 was committed with rifles. The number was even slightly higher for shotguns which was 359 homicides committed with shotguns," Rierson said.

Rierson said politicians are not looking at the source of most firearm deaths.

"If our politicians main goal is public safety, it really puzzles me as to why they're only going after these supposed assault weapons or assault rifles and not the handguns," Rierson said.

Rierson actually agreed with some aspects of the president's plan.

"I'm all for mental health and background checks. We should have universal background checks. I'm all for keeping guns out of criminals hands," Rierson said.

But Rierson thinks whether it's effective is another story.

"I think it's going to be more of a feel good law. I'm not really sure it's going to make a whole lot of difference. I mean criminals are going to get guns no matter what but we got to do what we can to try. I mean it definitely helps to try," Rierson said.

Rierson said one issue with the ban on assault weapons and a ten-round limit on ammunition magazines is it only takes a matter of seconds to change magazines.

And if someone is firing against an unarmed crowd, he said it makes no difference whether someone is using a ten round magazine or thirty.

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