Top House GOPer: Gun Legislation Not Happening

Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte (R-VA), who has been selected to chair the House Judiciary Committee once the new Congress convenes next year, threw cold water at the prospect of new gun control legislation in the wake of an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Roll Call reported on Tuesday:

“We’re going to take a look at what happened there and what can be done to help avoid it in the future, but gun control is not going to be something that I would support,” he said.

Goodlatte, who has an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, has been elected by his conference to chair the House Judiciary Committee next year, where he will have jurisdiction over firearms regulations.

His comments are the most unequivocal statement yet from a high-ranking Republican shutting down the idea of gun control after what happened in Connecticut.