The Washington Times - January 16, 2013, 10:51AM

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday that he supports closing the gun-show loophole and limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines, and said he’ll convene the first hearings surrounding the Sandy Hook school shooting.

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, the chamber’s senior Democrat, said his home state of Vermont, which has a strong tradition of gun rights, has a rule limiting hunters using semiautomatic rifles to just six rounds of ammunition during deer-hunting seasons.

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“Are we really saying as a nation we’re going to be more protective of the deer than we are of our children? I think not,” he said.

Mr. Leahy said Congress needs to improve background checks and to close the gun-show loophole, and he said he will take a look at other proposals that come from President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden.