Bustos says she needs time to study gun proposals


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Posted Online: Jan. 16, 2013, 7:24 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, said she needs time to consider the proposals for stronger gun laws announced by President Barack Obama before deciding if she can support them.

The president on Wednesday announced plans to introduce legislation by next week that would limit high-capacity magazines, ban new assault weapons, strengthen gun trafficking laws and call for criminal background checks for all gun sales.

Last month's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., sparked an intense debate on gun control laws and prompted President Obama to push for new legislation.

Rep. Bustos has declined to say if she supports or opposes any of those measures.In a statement issued after the president's announcement, she said she was a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights.

"Everyone agrees that preventing gun violence is a priority, especially following the tragedies in places like Newtown," she said. "I continue to hope that Congress will come together in a bipartisan fashion to pass a comprehensive, common sense bill that achieves this goal."

Rep. Bustos said she has been talking to sheriffs across the 17th Congressional District to seek their input on the gun control debate and wants to review the president's proposals before taking a position.

"I will take time to study the details of the proposals put forth by the president and continue my ongoing conversations and outreach to the people of my district, including to law enforcement, in the coming weeks," she said.







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