McConnell on Mass Shooting: 'Premature to Be Discussing Legislative Solutions'

By Susan Jones | October 4, 2017 | 5:56am EDT
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) takes questions on gun control at an Oct. 3, 2017 news conference on Capitol Hill. (Photo: Screen grab from C-SPAN)

( - Senate Republican leaders talked about the budget and tax reform at their Tuesday  news conference, but reporters wanted to talk about gun control.

"Could you support a ban on equipment that's used to turn semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons?" a reporter asked  McConnell after he and other Republicans explained what they've been doing lately.

"Look, the investigation's not even been completed. And I think it's premature to be discussing legislative solutions, if there are any," McConnell replied.

In response to another question, McConnell said, "I think it's particularly inappropriate to politicize an event like this. It just happened within the last day and a half. It's entirely premature to be discussing about legislative solutions, if anything."

Asked if bump stocks and other devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly should be legal, McConnell repeated himself:

"As I said, we're in the middle -- we're in the middle of the investigations, we'll see what that reveals. And at the end of that would be an appropriate time to discuss that. In the meantime, our priority is on tax reform, as my colleagues have indicated.

"We're gonna press ahead with that in the budget committee this week, and it'll be out on the floor after the recess. Thank you very much."

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