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Political Chat: Guns And Gun Laws

OPB | Jan. 18, 2013 9:30 a.m. | Updated: Jan. 25, 2013 12:07 p.m.

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Guns and gun laws dominated the political headlines this week.

On Wednesday, President Obama announced a number of administrative changes to strengthen gun controls and proposed gun control legislation to Congress, in response to the deadly shootings in Connecticut, Oregon and elsewhere.

He said changes in gun laws will only come when the American people demand it, and not just from some parts of the country: “We’re gonna need voices in those areas and those congressional districts where the tradition of gun ownership is strong.”

Oregon, for example. Four sheriffs from rural counties sent letters to the administration saying they won’t enforce the proposed laws, should they be enacted.

In other political developments, Washington Governor Jay Inslee was inaugurated, but speculation swirled around the future of his predecessor, Chris Gregoire, who may be headed to the other Washington.

To review these developments, our political guys, Bill and Jeff, have joined us again. Bill Lunch is OPB’s political Analyst; Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter for The Oregonian. Click “play” above to listen in on the conversation.

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