BATF’s Holder urges Senate support of more restrictive gun laws

Image: European Parliament/flickr Attorney General Eric Holder took the administration's…

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Image: European Parliament/flickr

Attorney General Eric Holder took the administration’s campaign for more restrictive gun laws to the Senate Wednesday, urging support of universal background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

The attorney general also called on senators to confirm the nomination of Todd Jones as director of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives.

The ATF, the federal government’s chief gun enforcement agency, has been without a permanent director for more than six years.

But Holder’s support for a renewed prohibition on assault weapons brought an immediate challenge from Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who suggested that the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle — the primary target of most gun ban supporters — would likely be the most desirable firearm for personal protection in the event of a possible breakdown in civil order, similar to what occurred in the aft

Read the rest of Kevin Johnson’s report at USA Today

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