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King, Maine Gun Rights Group React to Gun Plan
01/17/2013 8:37 AM ET  

U.S. Sen. Angus King says he's pleased with President Barack Obama's proposed gun control measures, but the head of the Maine Gun Owners Association says he has concerns.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _  President Obama on Wednesday outlined a comprehensive proposal to address gun violence, including universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

King says many of the proposals are "reasonable, prudent and represent concrete steps in the right direction.''

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says she's disappointed that they do not include a national commission on violence to look at the root causes of violence in this country.

Maine Gun Owners Association president Jeff Weinstein said a ban on assault weapons will likely lead to a ban on most semi-automatic rifles, including those used recreationally.

He added that he's not opposed to universal background checks on gun sales, but is concerned how those checks will be expanded.


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