Gun control debate continues

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POSTED: Monday, January 14, 2013 - 9:06am

UPDATED: Monday, January 14, 2013 - 4:44pm

All eyes will be on Washington as lawmakers discuss potential new control measures aimed at curbing gun violence.

Vice President Joe Biden heads up the Gun Task Force. The gun package he will present to President Barack Obama proposes banning military-style assault weapons, the sale of high capacity ammunition and universal background checks. Experts say background checks are not implemented at gun shows.

Residents we spoke with agree that gun control measures need to be enforced but don't agree with eliminating the second amendment altogether.

"There definitely should be regulations. It's a very important matter but, I mean, I do agree that there should be restrictions, I mean that sounds reasonable. I mean just as long as we are able to maintain some kind of gun control as well," Levi Lane of Central El Paso says.

The NRA and some lawmakers are against banning military-style assault weapons and the sale of high capacity ammunition. However, much favor has been expressed towards universal background checks.

The Vice President and the President are set to meet tomorrow.

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I read a comment by the NRA that their gun lobby is certain that any attempted ban on military assault type rifles and high capacity ammunition clips would be blocked. The nerve of the NRA to make such a public statement before the Vice President has even released his report to the President on what changes should be considered. This country has become one of special interests and not one "for the people and by the people."

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