President Barack Obama’s proposals for gun control are unlikely to even be considered by Republicans in the House, let alone approved.
Obama Wednesday is announcing his plan for bans of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, mandatory federal background checks for all gun buyers, and a new law to snuff out gun trafficking.
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Republicans, who control the House, don’t support any of these provisions, Politico reports
. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, even advocates impeachment for Obama to protest the president’s promised executive orders to implement gun control.
The news service conducted interviews with numerous House members from the Midwest and Northeast, and almost none showed any interest in comprehensive gun control legislation. So there’s little impetus for House Speaker John Boehner to take action.
“I’d be willing to look at [background checks] but actual bans of certain firearms just don’t seem to be the area we need to be looking at,” moderate Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Jim Gerlach tells Politico.
The New York Times notes that the federal assault weapons ban and background checks proposed by Obama wouldn’t necessarily have stopped the Newtown, Conn. killings last month. The rifle used by murderer Adam Lanza wasn’t covered under the state’s assault weapons ban. And Lanza didn’t purchase the firearm himself.
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