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Sen. Grassley talks gun control with Loras College students

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Just one day after President Obama urged Congress to pass stricter gun control measures, a group of Dubuque college students were able to ask one Iowa senator about it.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) was at Loras College in Dubuque.

In an hour-long question-and-answer session with nearly 50 students, Grassley discussed topics ranging from the environment to his stance on Obama's 23 directives signed Wednesday regarding gun control.

"I think a great deal of it is puff," Grassley said in an interview after meeting with the students. "I don't think they're really going to make a big difference, and I think if you look at what he is spending on those programs, you're going to find out he's just scratching the surface."

The president urged Congress to pass a ban on military-style assault weapons and limit a firearm's magazine capacity. He is also in favor of applying broader-sweeping background checks to anybody buying a firearm.

Instead of those broader background checks, Grassley said he wants to see states more actively contribute to the national database of people banned from buying guns.

"We're absolutely going to have to do something to make sure that in the database of felonies and people that have mental health problems, those people should not be able to get guns," Grassley said. "If your question gets into the issue of whether my selling my gun to my son, should that son go through a background check? I don't think I want to take background checks that far."

Grassley also planned on visiting the Roshek Building in downtown Dubuque and Maquoketa Thursday.

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