Northland Lawmakers Talk Gun Control

Posted at: 01/24/2013 5:15 PM
Updated at: 01/24/2013 6:24 PM
By: Travis Dill

Northland lawmakers are staking out their positions on gun control. President Obama will need congressional support to move forward with his proposed changes to federal law.

It is a controversial topic, but the representatives in the Northland agree that something should be done. However, they disagree on how to move forward with gun control.

Republican Sean Duffy stopped in Superior on Thursday for a town hall meeting with his constituents.

“So gun control came up, and they wanted to know what my thought was, which is, listen I'm a supporter of our second amendment,” Duffy said.

He supports the right to bear arms, but he is willing to consider proposals on background checks and how to handle mental health issues.

But Obama's proposals include a ban on assault weapons and limiting clip size to 10 rounds. Duffy said he will not support limiting access to firearms for law abiding citizens.

“The second amendment is very clear. It doesn't have anything in there about clip size or assault weapons,” Duffy said.

And he was worried about how this proposed legislation got started.

“I think there's people out there that are taking advantage of a situation to promote a policy that they wanted to promote for a long time,” Duffy said.

Across the boarder in Minnesota, Democrat Rick Nolan has a different view. In a statement Nolan said the carnage cannot be ignored after the shootings at Sandy Hook and Accent Signage in Minnesota.

In his statement Nolan called for outlawing maximum capacity clips. He also wrote, “We need to institute a constitutionally valid ban on civilian purchase of military assault weapons designed only for the purpose of killing large numbers of people.”

The debate continues as Congress drafts gun control legislation, but for now Northland lawmakers remain divided on the issue.