Sen. Bob Casey, D-PA, was in York City on Wednesday to advocate for increased funding to three federal grant programs that benefit local law-enforcement agencies.
The senator said he'd like to see funding restored to the programs that pay for police-officer salaries, bulletproof vests and other expenses.
But the 1 p.m. press conference quickly turned to the topic of gun-control proposals that President Barack Obama described at his own press conference an hour earlier.
The president is asking Congress to renew the ban on high-grade, military-style assault weapons that was first signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994 but expired in 2004.
Other measures expected to go before Congress include limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines and requiring background checks for all gun buyers in an attempt to close the so-called "gun-show loophole" that allows people to buy guns at trade shows and over the Internet without submitting to background checks.
Casey responded to questions from reporters by saying he supports the ban on military-style assault weapons and limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines.
"I'm pretty certain we'll vote on both, and I'll support both," he said.
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