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Published February 22, 2013, 01:50 PM

North Dakota congressman talks guns in 1st public forum

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota freshman Rep. Kevin Cramer says it could have been risky to talk about guns and violence during his first public forum, but he knew Fargo residents could shelve the rhetoric and have a civil discussion.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota freshman Rep. Kevin Cramer says it could have been risky to talk about guns and violence during his first public forum, but he knew Fargo residents could shelve the rhetoric and have a civil discussion.

The Republican congressman got what he wanted for the most part Friday, when a panel of advocates and about a dozen residents shared their opinions on guns and violence.

Cramer says fellow lawmakers warned him about inviting a fight he didn't need, but he was happy that participants stayed calm, listened to each other and stuck to the issues.

Cramer says he believes some sort of background checks on gun buyers might have merit, but he doesn't see a "great legislative agenda that solves this problem, certainly not the cultural problems."

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