NRA says Congress will not pass weapons ban
By EILEEN SULLIVAN Associated Press January 14, 2013 7:54AM
NRA president David Keene
WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association says it has enough support in Congress to block any new laws that would ban assault weapons. That comes as Vice President Joe Biden finalizes a package of recommendations to curb gun violence.
The NRA has so far prevented passage of another assault weapons ban like the one that expired in 2004. But some lawmakers say the December massacre in Newtown, Conn., that killed 27 people has transformed the country and Americans are ready for stricter gun laws.
While NRA president David Keene told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that he can’t be positive, he would say “that the likelihood is that they are not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this Congress.”