According to Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), an assault weapons ban is “just the beginning” of a much broader agenda to restrict the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, Joel B. Pollack reported at Breitbart.com Monday.
“We want everything on the table,” she told conservative video journalist Jason Mattera. “This is a moment of opportunity. There’s no question about it.”
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As lawmakers consider legislation regarding gun control, the Austin City Council has passed a resolution endorsing efforts to reduce gun crime.
The resolution cites the Newtown, Connecticut massacre and states that council members support President Obama’s efforts to develop a plan to reduce gun violence. The council is urging state and federal lawmakers to pass legislation that would require background checks and limit the size of ammunition magazines. They’re also asking the City Manager to look into collecting data about the source of guns involved in Austin crimes.
“I think all of us were struck by the tremendous tragedies that happened at Sandy Hook elementary and the need for leaders across the country to stand up and say that we’re committed to doing what we can do to reduce gun crime and take actions to keep our children and community safer,” Council Member Kathie Tovo told FOX 7.
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Republican lawmakers in Colorado say they want the White House to stay out of their state battle over gun control, accusing Vice President Biden of personally leaning on Democratic legislators for their votes in a tight campaign that could change the national conversation on gun rights.
Republican state Rep. Carole Murray told FoxNews.com she doesn’t appreciate “East Coast politics” interfering in her state.
The concern comes ahead of a tense Senate vote — which could come late next week — and after a vote in the House that prompted the White House to take the unusual step of lobbying wavering Democrats. Biden’s office confirmed to FoxNews.com he made four phone calls to Colorado Democrats, two in moderate districts, but did not say what they were about.
Multiple sources, though, tell FoxNews.com that about eight hours into last week’s 12-hour House debate, Biden called Democrats Mark Ferrandino, Mike McLachlan, Tony Exum and Dominick Moreno to solidify support for the measures and to “remind them about the importance of the legislation.”
House lawmakers in Colorado, home to two of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, narrowly passed a handful of gun control bills last week. The measures are headed to the Senate in early March where they are expected to face an uphill battle, though it’s unclear what steps the White House might take this time to solidify support.
Explaining the substance of the Biden call last week, Exum told The Denver Post the vice president “said it would send a strong message to the rest of the country that a western state had passed gun-control bills.”
Read the rest of the article: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/27/colorado-gop-says-white-house-is-unfairly-weighing-in-on-state-gun-debate/
Two days after Oregon Senate Democrats claimed they would not seek a ban on modern firearms and feeding devices, Democrats in the Oregon House introduced just that.
Seven Senators joined with eight House Reps to introduce a sweeping ban on virtually all modern firearms.
HB 3200 not only bans most modern guns and magazines, it allows warrantless searches of your home, requires background checks and registration for a firearm you already own and as-of-yet undefined storage requirements. We say “a firearm” because even if you comply with the restrictions in this bill you may still only own one.