Sen. Durbin comments on assault weapons ban, guns in schools

1:23 PM, Dec 17, 2012   |    comments
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Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois)

East Alton, Ill (KSDK) - While at a meeting regarding Mississippi River levels, Sen. Dick Durbin was asked about his views on an assault weapons ban.

The senator believes that a ban on assault type weapons is long overdue and that many groups need to be involved in the conversation on how to regulate them.

"I think the sportsman and hunters I know are good people. They are people whose hearts are broken too on what happen in Newtown. I think they can and should join us in this conversation. I want to protect their right to hunt, for sporting purposes use guns, to even have guns in self defense, but that doesn't include high capacity ammo clips, military assault weapons and body armor...for goodness sakes that is way beyond any second amendment right," said Dick Durbin, U.S. Senator, Illinois.

Sen. Durbin also commented on a statement made by St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch about providing weapons to school administrators as a means of protecting schools.

"I cannot imagine teachers, charged with our children's safety, carrying firearms in the classroom," said Durbin.

Click the video above to see his comments in their entirety.

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