Republican chair Reince Priebus calls Obama's proposals a 'power grab'

3:35 PM, Jan 16, 2013   |    comments
Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the Republican National Committee is dismissing the gun control provisions announced today by President Barack Obama as an "executive power grab."

Reince Priebus says Obama "paid lip service to our fundamental constitutional rights" -- and then "took actions that disregard the Second Amendment."

House Speaker John Boehner's office is non-committal, but it is signaling no urgency to act on Obama's proposals.

In a statement, the National Rifle Association quickly challenged Obama's proposals. It said, "Attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation." The NRA says the only people who will be affected will be "honest, law-abiding gun owners" -- while children will "remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy."

But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Obama offered some "thoughtful recommendations." He says the Senate will consider legislation addressing gun violence early this year. Reid says the shooting in Connecticut was "the latest sad reminder" that the nation isn't doing enough to protect children and others from gun violence.

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