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John Boehner: I Agree With Obama That We Shouldn't Have New Gun Laws

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that he agrees with President Barack Obama that it's not time to push for new gun laws, despite the recent Aurora shootings. | AP

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that, just like President Barack Obama, he doesn't plan to push for any new gun safety legislation in the wake of the Aurora, Colo. shooting massacre.

"The president has made clear that he's not going to use this horrific event to push for new gun laws. I agree," Boehner told Capitol Hill reporters. "We had a shooting by a deranged person in Colorado and our hearts and souls go out to the victims and those who were killed and those who were injured and their families."

Pressed on whether there is anything the government can do to make it more difficult for people to access large amounts of ammunition, Boehner repeated his line.

"The White House has made clear they're not going to use this horrific event to push for new legislation. I agree with them."

Boehner's comments essentially close the door on Congress or the White House doing anything new on gun control in response to the Aurora shootings, which took the lives of 12 and wounded dozens more. A senior Democratic aide told The Huffington Post on Monday that the Senate isn't likely to do anything, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Sunday that Obama prefers to stay focused on "existing law."

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