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Dems calling for stricter gun control laws


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- In the wake of the Colorado shooting, a group of Democratic lawmakers are pushing for stricter gun control laws.

The alleged shooter, James Holmes, owned a semi-automatic rifle that he bought legally.

The group of Democrats says no one should be allowed to buy a weapon capable of carrying 100 rounds.

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-New York) says, "This has nothing to do with Second Amendment rights. This was made for military, for police. This is meant to kill as many as possible in the shortest period of time."

But House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) says, "The president has made clear that he's not going to use this horrific event to push for new gun laws. I agree."

President Obama has said steps can be taken under existing laws to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them.

The National Rifle Association says now is the time for healing and policy discussions can be taken up down the road.

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