Local lawmakers reviewing assault weapons bill before taking stance


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Posted Online: Jan. 24, 2013, 9:43 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
The 157 specific firearms that would be banned in a billintroduced on Thursday by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., include some manufactured by Rock River Arms in Colona and Armalite in Geneseo.

According to a list provided by Sen. Feinstein's office, the bill would banthe LAR47, LAR17, SA85 and SA93produced by Rock River Arms andthe Armalite M15 22LR Carbine and the Armalite M15-T produced by Armalite.

Owners of Rock River Arms and Armalite could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

Area lawmakers took a cautious stance.

Vonnie Hampel, a spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Mount Vernon, said he supports some form of assault weapons ban and restrictions on high capacity magazines. But she added Rep. Loebsack is reviewing Sen. Feinstein's bill before taking a position.

"This is a complicated problem that requires multifaceted solutions, including improvements in our mental health care system," said Ms. Hampel.

Colin Milligan, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, said she "will review specific pieces of legislation as they appear before her in the House." He added Rep. Bustos was not ready to comment on Sen. Feinstein's bill.

"Congresswoman Bustos continues to believe that Congress needs to come together in a bipartisan fashion and take a comprehensive and common sense look at ways to keep our children safe at school," Mr. Milligan said.

Last week President Barack Obama announced his support for a ban on assault weapons. Sen. Feinstein's bill is expected to meet strong opposition in the Senate and not to pass in the Republican-controlled House.



















 



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