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Rubio supports 'serious and comprehensive study' of gun laws; Nelson supportive of assault weapons ban



We asked Florida's senators about the Newtown killings and what that might mean for action on Capitol Hill.

"In the aftermath of the unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, Sen. Rubio, like millions of Americans, is looking for public policy changes that would prevent such a horrible event from happening again," spokesman Alex Conant said. "He remains a strong supporter of the Second Amendment right to safely and responsibly bear arms. But he has also always been open to measures that would keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. The challenge with gun laws is that by definition criminals do not follow the law. For example, Connecticut's gun laws, some of the strictest in the nation, were not able to prevent this atrocity. Nevertheless, he supports a serious and comprehensive study of our laws to find new and better ways to prevent any more mass shootings."

Nelson spokesman Bryan Gulley: "Sen. Nelson is a hunter and supporter of the Second Amendment. But he’s voted to ban weapons like AK-47’s because he believes they’re meant for killing, not for hunting." Gulley said Nelson would have to see specific legislation before saying definitively where he stands.

[Last modified: Monday, December 17, 2012 2:24pm]


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