Boehner: Will consider gun-control legislation

by Molly K. Hooper, The Hill  |  published on December 21, 2012

Gun Contol

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday refused to rule out a vote on gun-control legislation in the next Congress.

The highest-ranking elected Republican lawmaker said that he would take the recommendations of a commission led by Vice President Joe Biden on gun control “under advisement.”

“When the vice president’s recommendations come forward, we’ll certainly take them into consideration,” Boehner told reporters gathered at a press conference in the Capitol.

On Wednesday, President Obama tapped Biden to head a commission tasked with developing legislation to prevent attacks like the Newtown, Conn., school shooting last week, in which 26 people were killed by an armed attacker at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Pressed on whether that meant he was, in fact, “open” to considering gun-control measures on the House floor, Boehner responded “we’ll look at Vice President Biden’s commission’s recommendations and take it under advisement.”

Earlier this week, Boehner told his conference that Republicans “need to have a discussion” on guns.

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