Donnelly spokesman: Senator will oppose assault weapons ban
Posted: 01/30/2013 at 11:51 am
By: TOM LoBIANCO
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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Joe Donnelly answers questions during an interview with the Associated Press in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. Donnelly is running against Republican Richard Mourdock to replace Richard Lugar. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
A Donnelly spokesman told The Associated Press Wednesday that the Indiana lawmaker will vote against the ban but has not decided whether he would support universal background checks.
Donnelly represents a key bloc of moderate to conservative Democrats the president must win over. The announcement also marks a key early stance from Donnelly just a few months after winning a state that went heavily for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in last year’s election.
Donnelly called himself “a strong supporter of the Second Amendment” in a statement issued shortly before the Senate Judiciary Committee opened a hearing featuring testimony from National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.