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Fred Emerson, owner of Allsport Performance in Hermon.
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AUGUSTA, Maine — President Obama has issued his much anticipated executive order Aimed at expanding background checks for gun buyers. Reaction in Maine among dealers and the state's members of Congress is mixed.

Fred Emerson wasn't all that impressed by the president's order.

"I don't think what he is doing would have affected anything that has happened," Emerson says.

HERMON, Maine — One Maine firearms dealer says President Barack Obama's executive actions to tighten gun control are unnecessary and will not affect his business.

Obama announced a series of measures at the White House today, including one that would force those who sell firearms on the Internet, and at gun shows, to be licensed and conduct background checks.

Fred Emerson runs Allsport Performance in Hermon, where he sells a range of guns and ammunition.

Obama's actions, says Emerson, aren't likely to stop mass shootings.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine's 1st District says while President Barack Obama's executive order expanding background checks will not solve the problem of gun violence, it is needed because Congress has not acted.

"This won't stop every shooting but it could go a long way, and I think the president just feels a sense of frustration and believes it's partly his duty to act when Congress doesn't," she says.

Legislation allowing apartment dwellers to possess a gun despite lease or apartment complex rules will be considered by lawmakers in January. Sen. Andre Cushing, a Republican from Newport sponsored the bill after a Rockland man, Harvey Lembo, shot and wounded an intruder in his apartment.

Gabby Giffords: Gun Control is a Women's Issue

Oct 14, 2014
Tom Porter / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - Gun control activist Gabrielle Giffords kicked off a nine-state tour, beginning in Portland Tuesday, to promote tougher gun laws. The former Democratic Arizona congresswoman - herself a victim of gun violence - is asking law enforcement officials and domestic violence prevention advocates to help her bring about the change she says is needed to protect women and children.


  Seeking common ground on gun control. The Newtown shootings renewed the debate about about gun laws. A panel of experts discussed gun ownership in Maine and possible steps to prevent gun violence.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

George Smith, pro-guns rights

Bill Harwood, gun control advocate

Chief Michael Sauschuck of the Portland Police Department

State Rep. James Gillway (R-Searsport)

State Rep. Jeffrey McCabe (D-Skowhegan)