In this Tuesday, June 28, 2011 file photo, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., center, flanked by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, left, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., speaks during a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate holds its second hearing Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, on gun curbs since the December 2012 shooting deaths of 20 first-graders in Newtown, Conn. This time, a Senate Judiciary subcommittee is examining the constitutionality and effectiveness of federal firearms limits. “We need to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and those who are mentally unstable,” Durbin, D-Ill., said in a brief interview Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. “I hope everyone will acknowledge what within our Constitution is not only an individual right to bear arms, but the collective right of Americans to be safe.”
In this Tuesday, June 28, 2011 file photo, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., center, flanked by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, left, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., speaks during a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate holds its second hearing Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, on gun curbs since the December 2012 shooting deaths of 20 first-graders in Newtown, Conn. This time, a Senate Judiciary subcommittee is examining the constitutionality and effectiveness of federal firearms limits. “We need to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and those who are mentally unstable,” Durbin, D-Ill., said in a brief interview Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. “I hope everyone will acknowledge what within our Constitution is not only an individual right to bear arms, but the collective right of Americans to be safe.”
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published Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
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