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McConnell skeptical of gun law push

by Mike Lillis, The Hill  |  published on February 3, 2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said this week he has deep doubts that congressional proposals to restrict weapons would prevent gun violence like the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

The Kentucky Republican, a long-time opponent of tougher gun laws, said he’ll take a look at whatever violence-prevention legislation moves through the Senate Judiciary Committee, but suggested he won’t support any new limits on firearms, as President Obama and many Democrats are proposing.

“I’m a strong Second Amendment supporter,” McConnell said in a sit-down interview with Yahoo News. “I view the ability of the government to impact this problem through gun restrictions with great skepticism.””

Behind Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the Judiciary panel on Wednesday staged its first hearing on gun violence in many years – a direct response to the Newtown massacre, as well as Obama’s aggressive push for Congress to consider new gun controls.

Leahy said he hopes to mark up legislation this month, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said he’ll bring to the floor whatever package the Judiciary panel approves.

McConnell wondered aloud whether Reid would make good on his promise.

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