Grassley suggests openness to gun control idea
January 11th, 2013
04:20 PM ET

Grassley suggests openness to gun control idea

Sen. Chuck Grassley, a conservative Republican from Iowa, suggested Friday he may be open to a limited form of gun control - restricting the size of gun magazines - if that legislation does not violate the Constitutional protection of gun rights.

"I think that's a whole different issue and it can maybe be dealt with without violating the Second Amendment, but I want to see the legislation," Grassley told Iowa Public Television in an interview Friday.

But he reaffirmed his opposition to reinstating the assault weapons ban that Congress passed in 1994.

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  1. Mary

    Will this include drones seizing the black market assault weapons ? That IS a whole other animal, Ya know.

    January 11, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mr Dalloway

    What America now needs to do is take many many steps backwards and look at the kind of nation we have created in the name of guns.

    January 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    No, it would include President Obama authorizing US TROOPS to kill suspects on US soil. US troops would then end America's street gabg problem in short order.

    January 11, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Don't think the problem of street gangs has really entered the conversation about gun control. Although, they are definitely a problem in certain communities, they tend to shoot primarily at rival gang members and sadly no one seems to give a damn.

      January 11, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dianne

      Put doen Call Of Dyrt and Halo, Philip. This isn't going to happen, and if it does, I hope you are the test subject.

      January 11, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. brianfergusson

    Interesting all the noise about 2nd Amendment rights, you're going to have to pry my assault rifle or Glock out of my cold, dead hands, yada, yada, but the basic repeating rifle wasn't even invented when the 2nd Amendment was passed.
    I say give all the gun nuts all the muzzle loaders and single shot firearms they want, but there is no reason they need to own the arsenals they do today.

    January 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin Mercer

      Have you read the 2nd amendment? Our freedom and liberty has been preserved by it. This country will never be taken over by a dictator like Hitler, Mousseline, Hirohita or Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines as long as the citizens have the right to keep and bear arms and form militias. If the Germans had this right when Hitler went nuts there would have been Civil War not World War. The founders of this country were thinking about preserving our freedom forever, not just when there is a threat. How do you think brutal dictators come to power? Do you think they just show up suddenly? No. They progressivly take power away from the citizens and create laws to control and exert their will. If you think this can never happen to our country you are wrong. Maybe you don't care what happens 50, 100 or 200 years from now but I do and so do at least half of the people in this country.

      January 12, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Killing hoodz

    National Defense Authorization Act of congress gives US troops authority to kill suspected criminals on US soil. President Obama signed it into law last week.
    So what we think does not matter. It's a done deal.

    January 11, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dianne

    Quite a bloodthirst bunch of people around here. May a drone visit your home soon!! I find these comments offensive, and I pray that this doesn't reflect opinions of the United States, and I further pray that You all are on a watch list somewhere.

    January 11, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dianne

    Drones kill innocent women and childre, and YOU should be ashamed.

    January 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    @ Dianne, I you find anything offensive, then don't read it ! No one is twisting your arm to read them...
    😉 hello B

    January 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dianne

      Yes, Mary I find that wanting to murder our citizens offensive. You don't? You're part of the problem.

      January 12, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    I'm not a well known suspected criminal. Test subject? What test? Oh! You mean it being tested on foreigners before doing it here. Well, it's working over there, and will work over here too.
    Troops passed the test with flying colors.

    January 11, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dianne

      Test subject whether or not a drone can hit its intended target. If they are so well known, get somebody to arrest them. Lead the way instead of shooting your mouth off.

      January 12, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    Why do CNN mods keep reading my posted comments about President Obama signing the National Defense Authorization Act into law last week and then deleting them?
    What? You think you can keep the NDAA signing a secret from US? odd

    January 11, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Right now, AND legally, President Obama could order military forces to wage war on ANY inner city street gang. And that's a fact.

    January 11, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    You do trust and have expressed your full confidence that troops to do the right thing in the field. You have praised them. Yes you have.
    Why do you have a problem with US troops helping local law enforcement and FBI battle gangs of armed Americans?

    January 11, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Does "Posse Comitatus Act" ring a bell?

      January 11, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    Me? I'd nuch rather see a uniformed troop patrolling the streets of Colorado Springs than fmr. 7 yr. vet CSPD officer Joshua Carrier. He was convicted of rayping dozens of males under the age of 18 here in town. I've never read even one story of a US TROOP doing anything like this to Americans.

    January 11, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    Does so many Oreganites were driving off with the gas nozzle still attatched, Oregon's government was forced to ban Oregonian drivers from pumping their own gas ring a bell, little t Tony?
    And I've seen Portland during the daytime. It's even uglier than Las Vegas during the daytime, and that's not counting street ratz and organized gangs of armed Americans. Those are what make a city truly ugly to behold.

    January 11, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    *for the sake of public safety, Oregonites were banned from pumping their own gas.
    Other states still allow citizens the right to pump gasoline into their cars. (As long as 10% ethanol is used.) Free energy particle beams fired from manmade flying saucers in the near future won't make cars blow-up unless ethanol (or some other biodegradable element is added, aka Bio Fuels) is added at about 10% by volume. Once world citizens see oddball flying aircraft blowing-up cars and trucks in locations all around the world, they will out of fear drop patriotism/nationalism in favor of a One World Gov united vs. "Invading Terrorists from Outter Space"
    Of course a simple radio or TV broadcast would fool 1/2 of you.

    January 11, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dianne

      Have a high opinion of yourself, do you?

      January 12, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
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