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Senate Gun Control Committee to Hear from Giffords' Husband and NRA

WASHINGTON, DC -- Emotions could run high today when the husband of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will join NRA chief Wayne LaPierre to testify at a Senate gun control hearing.
WASHINGTON, DC. -- A Senate committee is focusing on gun control at a hearing today.

Emotions could run high today when the husband of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will join NRA chief Wayne LaPierre to testify at a Senate gun control hearing.

"Passions run high on this issue, there's no question about it, on both sides," says Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)

Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy called the hearing, in response to the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut where 20 children and six adults were killed.

But LaPierre says he doesn't believe the shooting should lead to new gun control laws.
He plans to tell the committee: "law-abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals."

There could be some fireworks on Capitol Hill when Senator Dianne Feinstein gets her turn to question LaPierre at today's hearing.

Feinstein has been an outspoken critic of the NRA. Tuesday, she told reporters: "they have fought virtually every kind of regulation. The time has come to change course and the time has come to make people safe."

LaPierre says Congress shouldn't pass any new laws until the government starts enforcing the laws already on the books.

It is unclear if Gabrielle Giffords will attend today's hearing, but Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal says there will be a "surprise" guest, but won't say who that guest is.


(Susan McGinnis, CBS News)
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