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Reed won’t waver on gun control stance

The recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, haven’t changed Congressman Tom Reed’s stance when it comes to gun control.

In a conference call with reporters last week, Reed, R-23, Corning maintained that it’s not the gun — but the person behind the weapon — that needs to be addressed.

Reed said gun ownership is a “fundamental right guaranteed by the Second Amendment. … You are just going down the slippery slope of infringing on law-abiding citizens” with such measures.

Instead of assault weapon bans and limiting gun magazine capacity, among other measures supported by gun-reform advocates, Reed once again said the focus needs to concentrate on keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and criminals.

“I get it,” Reed said of taking aim at assault-style weapons and other “equipment,” as he called it. “It is easier to talk about an object (weapon).”

Reed has made similar comments on gun reform following previous mass shootings.

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