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Ohio's Sen. Brown calls for restrictions on ammo clips, assault weapons
Brown suggests even the Second Amendment has limits

Tim Rudell
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Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says he’s a supporter of the Second Amendment, but that doesn’t extend to assault rifles and high-volume ammo clips.

WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports on Brown’s visit to Kent today.

Rudell: Brown within hours of the president's announcement

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President Obama plans to introduce by next week a bill that bans assault weapons, limits high-capacity magazines, expands background checks and creates new gun trafficking laws. Within hours of Mr. Obama announcing that, Sen. Sherrod Brown was talking about why it’s all needed.

“It’s part of a bigger picture.  It’s a school safety issue.  I think we should close the loophole in background checks.  I don’t know if that would have stopped the young man in Newtown, but I do know that there are too many examples of people who shouldn’t have guns — who are mentally troubled— and gun access is so easy for them. And we need to close those loop holes and be more careful."

Brown was in Kent to tour the new Central Gateway Transit facility in Kent. He helped secure federal funding for the project

Ohio’s other senator, Republican Rod Portman, has said he, too, is open to restrictions on assault rifles and high capacity clips.  

Listener Comments:

Dear Senator Brown , You are one of my favorite legislators and I crossed party lines to give you my humble vote. I had some misgivings but you have always acknowledged my letters and have been very supportive of your constituency. Please, Please do not vote for this upcoming gun nonsense. Please do not work to restrict our constitutional liberties. It was to protect these liberties that the second amendment was created. We have to find a way to keep the mentally ill people off the streets and train our educators who volunteer how to protect the children. We must fight fire with fire. Don't disappoint me!

Posted by: John Higgins (Lowellville.Ohio) on January 29, 2013 12:01PM
I swear, the politicians who run this country have combined IQs in the negative numbers. Drugs are illegal...are they hard to find. HELL NO!

Make guns/mags/whatever illegal and all it is going to accomplish is to open up an underground market and make the smugglers rich, just like the idiotic war on drugs did.

Politicians (especially the Democrats, who are responsible for most of the "progressive" laws in the USA) need to wake up and look what happened in Australia. Guns were confiscated by the government in door to door searches. Gun/violent crime went up 300%. Their reaction, "Gee, we took all the guns. Why did crime go up?" Like I said, IQs in the negative numbers!

Posted by: Gar (Akron, OH) on January 28, 2013 12:01PM
So let me get this straight - a handgun with a 10 round magazine is acceptable but that same handgun with a 12 round magazine is not? What possible benefit to public safety is there in that? Just more evidence that gun control is not about guns, its about control.

Posted by: John (Akron, OH) on January 17, 2013 11:01AM
Thank you for your support of this measure. I am afraid for my grandchildren as times get worse!

Posted by: Cindy (Sheffield Lake, OH) on January 17, 2013 10:01AM
The shooter in Newtown DIDN'T own any guns. So much for a stricter background check!! I really like the quote; if guns are responsible for killing, are spoons responsible for people getting fat? Hasn't anyone figured out that more streetlights don't lessen crime either? If the bad guys all had to use flashlights, they would make a better target. I taught my kids how to shoot when they were 5. I also taught them the dangers. They never touched them without supervision. Ever. Period.

Posted by: dan grinnell (winesburg) on January 17, 2013 9:01AM
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