US Congress unlikely to change gun laws: Pro-gun rights group
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Last Updated: Monday, January 14, 2013, 13:46
Washington: Leading gun-rights advocacy groups in the US have suggested that Congress would not pass major legislation limiting gun ownership.

President Barack Obama and other leading Democratic lawmakers have vowed to push for swift changes after the Connecticut school shootings in which nearly 20 kids and six adults were killed.

Larry Pratt, executive director for Gun Owners of America, told ‘Fox News Sunday’ that they did not think there was much likelihood Congress was going to move to change gun laws.

According to Fox News, Pratt made the comment after minutes National Rifle Association President David Keene publicly doubting that Obama, who has given his support for a ban on assault weapons, can get such legislation passed in Congress.

The NRA is considered the most powerful gun lobby in the country, for many years making it nearly impossible for political candidates supporting tighter gun regulations to win office, the report said.

However, some Americans think the December 14 shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 first-graders and six adults were killed, might have broken the group’s stronghold.

According to the report, California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein has vowed to promptly introduce legislation to reinstitute the ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, which she supported and that was in effect from 1994 to 2004.

Obama has made gun control a top priority, and on Tuesday Vice President Joe Biden is expected to give the president a comprehensive package of recommendations for curbing gun violence.

A Democratic and Republican senator also suggested Sunday that Congress would not pass a ban on assault weapons, the report added.


First Published: Monday, January 14, 2013, 13:42

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