Thursday, January 17, 2013

Indiana Congressional Delegation's View of Gun Legislation Ranges from Tepid to Hostile

Where does Indiana's congressional delegation stand on President Obama's proposed gun legislation? As reported in the Journal and Courier, Todd Rokita calls it a "radical overreach by a power-hungry executive branch." Luke Messer calls it an unwarranted assault on the Second Amendment. Senator Dan Coats, who voted for the 1994 assault weapons ban, won't be doing so again: "I will not support legislation or executive actions that would affect gun ownership rights for law-abiding citizens, including any assault weapons ban."

Democrats are being careful. Andre Carson says, “For now, I can say with certainty that Congress must act on legislation that closes loopholes and requires background checks on all gun sales. We must also do our part to ensure serious penalties for gun traffickers who help arm criminals." And Sen. Joe Donnelly's spokesperson that his strong support for Second Amendment rights will be on his mind as he reviews the president’s proposals.