NRA Honcho: Assault Weapons Ban Won't Pass
Joe Manchin calls for comprehensive approach
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2013 9:48 AM CST
NRA President David Keene, left and Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Hill discuss gun rights Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 in a Great Falls, Mont., sporting goods store.   (AP Photo/Matt Volz)

(Newser) – There's no way gun control advocates have the votes to get an assault weapons ban through Congress, NRA President David Keene told CNN today. "I would say that the likelihood is that they're not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this Congress," he said, adding that limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines was equally unlikely. "Even David Gregory could find one," he said. Politico notes that when State of the Union host Candy Crowley asked if the NRA was using scare tactics to spur gun sales, Keene responded, "The two people who were selling so-called assault rifles are Sen. [Dianne] Feinstein and President Obama. They're the ones scaring people, not us."

Joe Manchin, a pro-gun Democrat who voiced openness to gun regulation in wake of the Newtown massacre, sounded a similarly skeptical note on Crowley's show. "Assault weapons stand alone ban on just guns alone will not in the political reality that we have today go anywhere," said the West Virginia senator. "It has to be comprehensive and that's what I tried to tell the vice president and I've told everybody, it has to be a comprehensive approach."

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hog_one
Jan 14, 2013 6:17 AM CST
I own several guns that I use for different types of hunting and not one of them is semi-auto or hold more than 9 rounds. I have never found myself hunting where it took no more than one or two rounds at the most to bring down what I was shooting at. So if you feel that your such a bad hunter and you need a thirty round clip to bring down bambie, maybe you should give up hunting and take up fishing. But then there are those who would say it's their right to use TNT in the old fishing hole.
Mr.LarryG.
Jan 13, 2013 7:54 PM CST
the NRA supports killing little 6 yr old school children,,,,their deafness to Americas problem is disgusting,,,,
The_Guy
Jan 13, 2013 2:40 PM CST
DON'T REDISTRIBUTE THE GUNS THIS IS AMERICA NOT SOCIALISM! GIVE ME BACK MY GUNS@hotmail.com OR !776 wiLL COMMENSE AGAIN!