Conservative GA Congressman Expresses Support For Gun Control
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#1 Jan 11, 2013
In remarks Thursday to a Chamber of Commerce meeting in Georgia, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) expressed a willingness to discuss new gun control measures already rejected by the National Rifle Association in the wake of the Newtown shooting. Among them: a ban on high-capacity magazines and the creation of a universal background check process on firearms purchases.
Gingreys remarks which came in speech to the Cobb Chamber of Commerce in Smyrna, Ga., and were reported by the Marietta Daily Journal were unexpected. Gingrey is a very conservative member of House majority, and his comments put him at odds with some fellow Republicans.
There are some problems, and maybe these huge magazines even for someone who says,Look, I just use an AR-15 for target practice, but do you really need to be standing there shooting at a silhouette a shot a second or even quicker with that kind of weapon? For what purpose? Gingrey said.I would be willing to listen to the possibility of the capacity of a magazine.
On the background checks, Gingrey expressed an openness to talking about expanding them to cover private sales, including those conducted at gun shows.
What it is basically, if you go to a gun show and theres somebody out there in the parking lot, and theyre getting out of their car, and theyve got an A-15 on their shoulder or . John Q. Public wants to sell a handgun or whatever, then theres no background check, Gingrey said, according to the paper.You know, youre buying a used weapon from somebody and then basically no background check.
Both of these ideas are supported by gun control advocates and have been summarily dismissed by the NRA. Gingrey also called for a list that would prevent the mentally ill from buying guns, which the NRA supports.
Gingreys comments on gun control may have been overshadowed by other remarks he made in the same Chamber of Commerce appearance suggesting that former Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) was partially right when he said that womens bodies will prevent pregnancy resulting from a legitimate rape.
In a statement Friday to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Gingrey reiterated his support for the Second Amendment but didnt back off what he told the business leaders about gun control in Smyrna.
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