Sens. Donnelly & Coats and Rep. Stutzman Sound Off

President Wants Stricter Gun Laws

By Peter Neumann

January 16, 2013 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 9:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. (www.incnow.tv) --- President Obama is proposing stricter background checks and a new assault weapons ban.

The President and Vice-President Biden spoke of the 'moral obligation' to take action. With children in attendance from around the country who symbolize the horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the President outlined his sweeping proposals to curb gun-related violence.

He called December 14th the 'worst day of my presidency' when twenty children and six adults were killed at the hand of a young gunman who entered the elementary school and started shooting using multiple weapons.

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., says while he supports the president's legislation.

"Every family ought to know that their child who goes to school can come home from school safely," Donnelly said while visiting Raytheon in Fort Wayne on Wednesday. "If you go to work, your loved one ought to be able to come home from safely. "

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., was weary of the president's plans and its affects on gun ownership.

"I will not support legislation or executive actions that would affect gun ownership rights for law-abiding citizens," Coats says. "We must protect the Second Amendment rights, and ensure the federal government does not punish responsible gun owners.

U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd Disrict, sides with Sen. Coats, taking his feelings one step further.

"It's a Second Amendment infringement," the congressman says. "Unfortunately, today's proposals followe the same pattern of infringing on the liberty and freedom of citizenry."

The President says he will use executive action if necessary to enact laws if Congress does come together to tighten assault gun ownership laws on its own.

He is proposing a universal background check regardless of where and how you purchase a gun.

He wants a ban on military-style assault weapons, and a clip limit of ten rounds.

He also wants a ban on the further manufacture of military-style assault weapons.

President Obama tapped Vice-President Biden to work with legislators, interest groups and the community in crafting new gun law objectives.

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