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Published January 09, 2013, 05:38 PM

Newly elected senator Heitkamp taking heat for recent gun control remarks

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's hasn't even been a week since Senator Heidi Heitkamp was sworn in, but she's already under fire for recent comments.

By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's hasn't even been a week since Senator Heidi Heitkamp was sworn in, but she's already under fire for recent comments.

WDAY 6 Reporter Andrea Hubbell has more on the back-lash the senator faces.

It's a heated debate and the government is looking to take swift action.

"If I wanna shoot a deer, if I can't get them on three shots, I don't need an assault weapon for the, I'm sorry."

The task force is recommending universal background checks, national database tracking and banning assault weapons. But some wonder, is it going too far?

"I don't know, I think they should ban certain gun. I mean, I think guns should be in the army, things like that, under control. I shouldn't be able to just go to a store and buy a gun like that."

On ABC's "This Week" George Stephanopolis asked newly elected Senator, Heidi Heitkamp if she agreed with the recommendations.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, (D) North Dakota: "That's way, way in extreme of what I think is necessary or even should be talked about. And it's not going to pass."

Now advocacy groups are lashing back with ads like this one. The full page ad says "Shame on you Senator Heidi Heitkamp" for giving her reaction on Sunday.

So we took to the streets to see if the public agrees.

"That that's extreme to have background checks like that, no."

"We don't know all of the details of Obama's plan. I mean I'm no gun nut, or anything but I think you need to look at what's in the plan. Maybe she knows more than we do."

The hard-hitting ad may be a stab, too soon, for the freshman face. But it's only one piece to a major battle brewing in Washington.

"I think that something probably has to be done."

Heitkamp declined comment on the ad. But did offer a statement saying, "Americans have a right to bear arms. But with that right, comes responsibilities."

You can find her full statement on our website at wday.com.

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