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Rubio joins Rand Paul's filibuster threat over guns



Sen. Marco Rubio today signed on to filibuster threat over any gun regulation, joining Sens. Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz in a letter to Harry Reid. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma also added his name.

The senators write that they "intend to oppose any legislation that would infringe on the American people's constitutional right to bear arms, or on their ability to exercise this right without being subjected to government surveillance. ... We will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restriction."

Rubio, in a statement, said: "We should look for ways to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill prone to misusing them, but I oppose legislation that will be used as a vehicle to impose new Second Amendment restrictions on responsible, law-abiding gun owners. We should work to reduce tragic acts of violence by addressing violence at its source, including untreated mental illness, the lack of adequate information-sharing on mental health issues, and the breakdown of the family."

President Obama today held an event at the White House to renew calls for gun restrictions. Reid has said he'll bring legislation to the floor, though a ban on assault weapons was pulled from the main bill to avoid defeat.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 28, 2013 1:53pm]


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