Holder: executive actions to be considered on gun violence

WASHINGTON Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:54am EST

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announces enforcement actions against UBS Securities Japan Co. Ltd.investment bank at the Justice Department in Washington December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announces enforcement actions against UBS Securities Japan Co. Ltd.investment bank at the Justice Department in Washington December 19, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration will consider executive actions and specific proposals for legislation as part of its gun policy response to the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday.

Holder, who has been a vocal proponent of a new ban on certain semiautomatic rifles, told reporters that a range of options need to be considered in the coming weeks.

Those options will have to include a "strong and robust" Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the chronically under-funded agency that enforces federal gun laws, he said.

"It's clear that we need to do more," Holder said. He did not specifically call on Wednesday for a return of the assault weapon ban.

(Reporting By Karey Wutkowski and David Ingram; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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Comments (7)
9009 wrote:
Go ahead, with any executive order or legislation you want. Saying you’re going to take guns and actually getting your hands on them will be two completely different things. I wish you luck, finding the men/women, who are stupid enough to walk up and demand everyone’s guns.

Dec 20, 2012 2:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Heretic2011 wrote:
That scumbag Holder should be in jail for his role in Fast and Furious.

Dec 20, 2012 2:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
docwatson wrote:
Confiscation *will* trigger succession and armed revolution – 1775 proved that already.

Dec 20, 2012 3:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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