Sen. Joe Manchin: Stand-alone assault weapons ban ‘will not go anywhere’

January 13, 2013

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Sunday that a stand-alone ban on assault weapons would not win passage in Congress, and that the effort to curb mass shootings must include a broader discussion involving the entertainment industry and mental health issues.

"An assault weapons stand-alone ban on just guns alone, in the political reality we have, will not go anywhere. It has to be comprehensive," Manchin said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Manchin, a conservative Democrat who has received high marks from the NRA, said in the wake of the mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Conn., that it was time for a new discussion about regulations on assault weapons. He later wrote in a Washington Post op-ed that the problem of mass shootings must be addressed in a comprehensive manner, by looking at guns, security, the entertainment industry and mental health issues. He reiterated that view Sunday.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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