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Bill O'Reilly And GOP Rep. Spar Over Gun Control In Wake Of Aurora Shooting


"Giving the FBI a master list of everybody who owns weapons in this country is not the right direction," Chaffetz said.

"That's not what I said, and you know it," O'Reilly responded. "I said heavy weapons, all right? Mortars. Howitzers. Machine guns. In this age of terrorism, if you do a flight school, the FBI is alerted. But you can buy a machine gun and the FBI doesn't know. And you think that's responsible?"

Chaffetz told O'Reilly that it is "absolutely not true" that anyone can buy a gun without restrictions. "You can't just buy a bazooka," he said.

O'Reilly said the purchase of thousands of rounds of ammunition online should raise a red flag with the feds. "This just makes common sense. It's not an intrusion on gun rights."

"You're not going to assign an FBI to follow each and every law abiding citizen," Chaffetz countered.

"If you get 60,000 rounds, you certainly will," O'Reilly said. James Holmes, the suspect in the Aurora movie theater shooting, purchased about 6,000 rounds online, according to the New York Times. "Come on!" O'Reilly finally said to Chaffetz.

Watch their exchange:


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