Senator Murphy: Congress ready for ban on assault weapons, high-capacity magazine clips

Monday, January 14, 2013
By Paul Martin

By Sean Lengell
The Washington Times
Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sen. Chris Murphy on Sunday said there is growing momentum in Congress for a ban on so-called assault weapons, saying lawmakers’ attitudes toward gun control have changed significantly in the wake of last month’s shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn.

“This issue is going to continue to move,” Mr. Murphy, Connecticut Democrat, said on CNN’s “State of the Union. “I do think that even in the Democratic caucus you see members like [Sens.] Joe Manchin and Mark Warner who previously probably never would have considered a ban on assault weapons or high-capacity magazine clips now coming to the table.”

Mr. Murphy added that even some Republicans in the House, including Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia, have suggested they would consider universal gun background checks for firearms purchases and bans on high-capacity magazine gun clips.

“That’s a sea change, if people like that in the Republican House caucus are willing to look at this,” Mr. Murphy said.

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