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Congress To Weigh In On Gun Control Debate Following Arizona Shooting

January 13, 2011 by  

Congress to weigh in on gun control debate following Arizona shootingSeveral lawmakers are set to propose gun control legislation in Congress following last weekend's deadly shootings in Tucson, Ariz.

According to Politico.com, Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) — whose husband was killed by a gunman in 1993 — has promised to introduce a bill that targets the high-capacity ammunition clip used in the Jan. 8 shooting that killed six people and wounded 14, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) said that he is preparing a similar bill for the Senate. In a written statement, Lautenberg said that the high-ammunition clips should "not be on the market" because the only reason people purchase them is "to kill a lot of people very quickly."

The Arizona shootings have prompted Republicans to take action, as well. The Huffington Post reports that Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, will introduce legislation that would make it illegal to bring a gun within 1,000 feet of a government official.

Although the public debate over gun ownership has heated up in recent days, FOX News reports that Giffords herself is a longtime gun owner who has advocated for 2nd Amendment rights. According to the news provider, Giffords urged Supreme Court justices to overturn gun control laws in 2008 and 2009.

“It is a tradition which every law-abiding citizen should be able to enjoy," Giffords said at the time of the court cases, quoted by FOX News.

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