PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island U.S. Rep. James Langevin, a quadriplegic as a result of a gun accident, is pushing for a ban on assault weapons, just days after 20 children and six adults were shot dead in a Connecticut elementary school.
The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/yXauJR ) U.S. Rep. David Cicilline also said he supports reinstating the federal ban on assault weapons and has supported several gun-control bills.
Sen. Jack Reed said he has long supported what he calls sensible ways to control guns, including a ban on assault weapons and limits on magazine sizes.
A spokesman for Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says the senator has long supported proposals to end the sale of assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Whitehouse also backs closing a loophole in gun rules relating to the sale of weapons at gun shows.