Obama-Backed Gun Bills Considered a Long Shot in Congress
Despite supporters’ hopes that this time it’s different, President Barack Obama’s new call for restricting some semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines will face deeply entrenched resistance in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and could be a long shot even in the Democratic-led Senate.
Any gun legislation sent to the House “is going to have to pass with most Democrats and a few Republicans,” said Nathan Gonzales, deputy editor of the Rothenberg Political Report. “This would be an even more high-profile bill.”
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And Obama’s call for Congress to reinstate the federal ban on military-style rifles that expired in 2004 “is a further reach than some of the other proposals that are being tossed around,” Gonzales said.