Posted: Jan 11, 2013 7:32 AM by Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the National Rifle Association is suggesting the group has enough support in Congress to fend off legislation to ban sales of assault weapons.
David Keene told NBC's "Today" show that he doesn't think such a ban is going to get the votes it would need. He also said there's a fundamental disagreement over what would actually make a difference in curbing gun violence.
The NRA was one of the pro-gun rights groups that met yesterday with Vice President Joe Biden, who is putting together the administration's response to last month's massacre at a Connecticut elementary school. The NRA yesterday rejected administration proposals to limit high-capacity ammunition magazines, while also digging in its heels against an assault weapons ban, which President Barack Obama has said he will propose to Congress.
Today, Biden is meeting with representatives of the video game industry.
Biden has said he will have a set of recommendations for Obama by Tuesday. He said that won't be "the end of the discussion," but that "the public wants us to act."
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