Republicans to look at federal gun lawsEmphasis added.
By Mike Lillis - 01/26/11 12:34 PM ET
Staffers from the House Judiciary Committee will meet with Obama administration officials Thursday to examine the effectiveness of federal laws designed to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, according to a Republican aide with the panel.
The closed-door gathering will focus on whether a federal system of background checks is working to block gun sales to the mentally ill and others barred from owning firearms, the aide said Tuesday. Staffers from both parties will attend, as well as officials from the FBI and possibly the Justice Department, the aide added.
And this article: White House official: Obama will tackle 'very important issue' of gun control - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room
White House official: Obama will tackle 'very important issue' of gun control
By Bob Cusack - 01/25/11 11:12 PM ET
A White House senior adviser said Tuesday night that President Obama is "going to address [gun control]."
In an interview with NBC's Brian Williams, David Plouffe responded to criticism that the president did not mention gun control in his State of the Union address. Some Democrats on Capitol Hill and gun-control advocates have called for new legislation in the wake of the deadly shooting that killed six and injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) earlier this month.
Plouffe said Obama's speech on Tuesday was focused on the economy. He added that the president has been clear on his views on gun control, citing Obama's position of reinstating the expired assault weapons ban.Can we get a Tea Party candidate for every frickin' office in the land in 2012?
"He's going to address this," Plouffe said. "It's a very important issue and I know there's going to be a lot of debate on the Hill."
YES WE CAN!!!
Added: Dave Workman weighs in.