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In a new PSA, Pro Football Hall of Famers Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and future Hall of Famer Ladainian Tomlinson are asking people in the name of Sandy Hook Elementary to "Demand A Plan,"

It's a campaign from the "Mayors Against Illegal Guns,"

Their website calls for legislation that will require background checks for every gun sold, a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and making gun trafficking a federal crime.

Today, FOX 7 went to the gun show in Austin to ask people what they think of the campaign.

Bill Rainey is a security guard. He doesn't support a ban on assault weapons. He just doesn't feel it will help.

"The more guns that we have, the better off we are as U.S. citizens because it deters bad guys from wanting to come into your home, to your businesses and what not," Rainey said.

But he's all for more background checks.

"I agree with that. I think in cases like private citizens when they're transferring guns from one family to another, they should have a background check. I agree with that 100%," Rainey said.

Jennifer Fontanini is about to get her concealed handgun license. She and her husband Bobby were at the show to get her a handgun for protection.

"Leaving work late at night when it's dark...sure," Jennifer said.

We asked Bobby what he thought about the major points of the campaign.

"You cant just say all semi-automatic rifles, I mean that takes a lot of rifles out of the hunting scenario. But banning a rifle with a 30-round banana clip or saying that that's not a good rifle for the public to have, I kind of agree with it.. I've hunted my whole life for 35 of my 43 years now and I've never been in a scenario where I've needed more than a shot or two," Bobby said.

He does support universal background checks and a crackdown on illegal gun sales.

"That's a good thing, why not? I mean, why not? Let's tighten it up a little bit and see what we can do about it. I mean gun reform could be a good thing if done the right way," he said.

There are many that won't budge an inch on their second amendment matter what Deion Sanders says.

"Basically just shut up and entertain us," said Bob Weisensell.

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