Senate gun bill getting cold reception from House GOP

The much-touted compromise bi-partisan gun bill introduced to the Senate on Thursday may very well be dead upon its arrival when it finally reaches the House.

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The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, introduced by Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. to great fanfare in the Senate, is also receiving some limited GOP support in the House, primarily by Rep. Peter King of New York and a few Pennsylvania lawmakers, according to The Hill.

But support from the remaining Republican House members — especially the more conservative ones — remains in doubt in the GOP-controlled chamber. Two New York Republicans illustrate the differing approaches.

Rep. Michael Grimm’s district is within New York City, but as a former FBI agent, he considers himself “pretty far to the right on the Second Amendment.”

He would, nonetheless remain open to new legislation. He told The Hill that “I don’t think the current system is good enough, so I think we do need to tweak the current system a little bit.”

An upper state New York lawmaker isn’t quite as open.

“I’m very concerned that if there’s any language that infringes on the Second Amendment, I’m not very interested in supporting that type of proposal,” Rep. Tom Reed said to The Hill. He felt that emphasis should remain with “the person behind the gun, not the gun itself.”

Although the minority party, House Democrats are flexing their muscles on the issue.

“If they for a minute think they can throttle this [and] put it on the back shelf or lock it away in the back room, they’re going to be incredibly surprised by what happens across this country,” Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif. said. Thompson is the leader of the Democratic House task force on gun violence.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has so far refused to commit to bringing any Senate-passed bill to the House floor, but said that didn’t mean he would ignore the issue.

“Listen, our hearts and prayers go out to the families of these victims,” Boehner said. “And I fully expect that the House will act in some way, shape or form.”

Read more at The Hill.


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