WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Republican National Committee is dismissing the gun control provisions announced today by President Barack Obama as an "executive power grab."
Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) says Obama "paid lip service to our fundamental constitutional rights" -- and then "took actions that disregard the Second Amendment."
House Speaker John Boehner's (BAY'-nurz) office is non-committal, but it is signaling no urgency to act on Obama's proposals.
In a statement, the National Rifle Association quickly challenged Obama's proposals. It said, "Attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation." The NRA says the only people who will be affected will be "honest, law-abiding gun owners" -- while children will "remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy."
But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Obama offered some "thoughtful recommendations." He says the Senate will consider legislation addressing gun violence early this year. Reid says the shooting in Connecticut was "the latest sad reminder" that the nation isn't doing enough to protect children and others from gun violence.
211-a-12-(Josh Horowitz, executive director, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, in AP interview)-"of our agenda"-Josh Horowitz, head of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, says the president hit every item on his group's wish list. (16 Jan 2013)
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229-a-16-(Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, in remarks at Georgetown University Law Center)-"I think not"-Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy says it's clear there needs to be a limit on how many bullets can be in a magazine. (16 Jan 2013)
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GRAPHICSBANK: Bushmaster XM15 rifle on texture, with GUN CONTROL lettering, finished graphic (16 Jan 2013)
GRAPHICSBANK: Hinna Zeejah, Taejah Goode, Julia Stokes, and Grant Fritz (l-r), children who wrote letters to President Obama about the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, watch as US President Barack Obama signs executive orders outlining proposals to reduce gun violence, White House, Washington, DC, graphic element on gray (16 Jan 2013)
APPHOTO DCSW111: President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, law enforcement officials, lawmakers and children who wrote the president about gun violence following last month's shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., pauses while speaking about proposals to reduce gun violence, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (16 Jan 2013)
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