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Article published February 7, 2013
NRA chief: Gun controls won’t pass Congress
DENVER — The head of the National Rifle Association said today he’s confident that Congress won’t approve an assault weapons ban or a limit on high-capacity ammunition magazines after mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut. David Keene predicted failure for all congressional measures related to guns, including expanded background checks for gun purchases. “I tell you what these things are, these are all feel-good proposals, because at the end of the day, what do they do to prevent a mass shooter?” asked Keene, the NRA’s president. Keene was in Denver to meet with Colorado’s Democratic governor and state lawmakers. He talked about prospects for federal gun control measures under discussion in Congress and predicted political peril for Democrats who support such bills. “The Senate’s where the action’s going to be,” Keene said. “The House is sort of sitting back, and you can almost hear the House Republican leadership saying under their breath, you know, go ahead. We’ve got a few members that wouldn’t mind sitting in the Senate. If you do this, maybe they will. So the Senate leadership is much more cautious.”