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Congressman wants to shift focus from gun control to mental health

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When it comes to gun rights issues, a KOTA Territory congressman wants to shift the focus away from gun control to mental health.

3rd District Congressman Adrian Smith believes gun control isn't the answer to preventing violence.

Smith says a stronger emphasis should be placed on the mental health.

Representative Smith says Congress needs to tread lightly because there are Civil Right and Constitution issues when it comes to guns.

"We're looking at a pattern, whether it's a movie theater in Colorado, or Virginia Tech on a college campus or Newtown, Connecticut.

A new bill would strengthen the federal background system for gun applicants.

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