Harry Reid: ‘I’ve Got Lots of Guns’

February 4, 2013 - 12:58 PM

Harry Reid

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D- Nev. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(CNSNews.com) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told ABC’s “This Week” “I’ve got lots of guns,” when asked his views on the Second Amendment and efforts by some of his Democratic colleagues to enact stricter gun control measures.

“I've got lots of guns,” Reid told host George Stephanopoulos in an interview Sunday. “I had guns from the time I was a little boy. I don't hunt anymore, but I did.”

Reid said he now keeps his guns “for sentimental reasons.” The top Senate Democrat also noted that his father used a gun to commit suicide and that he had carried a gun as a Capitol policeman.

“I was a police officer. I carried a gun. That's what I did to put myself through law school. My dad killed himself, shot himself with a gun, committed suicide, so I know a lot about guns. And there are things that I think we need to do.”

Reid said that he would allow Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to bring legislation through the Senate Judiciary Committee on gun control. He also said he’d allow a vote on Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) bill to ban so-called assault weapons or allow it as an amendment to Leahy’s bill.

However, Reid did not say he supported either piece of legislation, saying “I don’t know” when asked if he’d vote for them.

“Oh, I don't know. I frankly – and she [Sen. Feinstein] knows I haven't read her amendment. I didn't vote for the assault weapons [ban] last time because it didn't make sense, but I'll take a look at it,” he said.

When asked about other gun control measures such as banning high-capacity magazines, Reid again refused to offer his support, saying only “let’s see what it is.”

No gun control measures have come up for a vote in either a committee or on the Senate floor – where Reid has control. Reid has earned the backing of the National Rifle Association in the past and refused to criticize the organization when prompted by Stephanopoulos.

“George, I've been supported by the NRA on occasion,” Reid said. “We have a good relationship. So I – I am not here to demean the organization.”