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The Vice President takes his push for tougher gun control laws on the road, as a prominent Democratic Senator vows to propose a new assault weapons ban. Vice President Joe Biden continues his push for tighter gun restrictions following the massacre in Newtown. Today it's a roundtable discussion in Richmond, Virginia with gun safety experts called in after the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings. Thursday it was n online discussion. Biden says the Administration supports the 2nd Amendment, but believes tighter gun laws are needed to protect Americans.
"I'm much less concerned, quite frankly, with what you'd call an 'assault weapon than I am with magazines, and the number of rounds that can be held in a magazine," says Biden.
Thursday, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) unveiled a beefed up assault weapons ban proposal to outlaw the manufacture and sale of 157 types of semi automatic weapons and magazines containing over 10 rounds. The National Rifle Association responded, saying lawmakers should focus on prosecuting criminals and fixing a broken mental health system, a message echoed by other gun rights advocates who believe bans just don't work.
"Connecticut had an even stricter semi auto ban and that didn't stop Adam Lanza from killing his victims, his mother and stealing the firearms," says Gun Owners of America's Erich Pratt.
The White House has acknowledged it won't be easy to pass these gun control proposals and says the President will travel around the country to rally support outside the Beltway.
Friday, January 25 2013, 10:10 PM CST
House passes 2-year moratorium on dam barriers
May 21, 2013 19:12 GMT
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The U.S. House has passed legislation that would put a two-year moratorium on an Army Corps of Engineers plan to erect barriers to prevent people from fishing below dams on the Cumberland River.
U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield heralded final passage of the Freedom to Fish Act on Tuesday. Whitfield was a leading proponent of the measure in the House.
The bill, introduced by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., was co-sponsored by Sens. Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Bob Corker of Tennessee.
Whitfield said the bill thwarts, at least temporarily, an effort to "take away some of the best fishing in Kentucky." Passage of the measure, Whitfield said, allows time to work out a permanent solution.
The measure now goes to President Barack Obama for consideration.
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