White House Weighs Broader Attack on Guns

Even After Newtown, Risky To Confront NRA and Allies

By Reuters

Published January 06, 2013.
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The White House had no immediate comment on the Post story. A White House spokesman told the newspaper that Biden’s group was in the middle of its review and had not decided on its final recommendations.

The NRA has successfully lobbied federal lawmakers to stop major new gun restrictions since a 1994 assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004. The ban also prohibited ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds.

When asked if Congress will entertain new gun regulation, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that lawmakers needed to see Biden’s recommendations.

“There will be plenty of time to take a look at their recommendations once they come forward,” he said.

McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said that for the next three months Washington’s debates would center on federal spending and the rising debt.

Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, an NRA member, said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopolous” that the reported proposals were “way in extreme” and would not pass.

In a statement, New York Democratic Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urged Biden to include in his proposals measures to prevent trafficking in illegal guns and to make it harder for felons and the mentally ill to get firearms.


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