(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett has sidestepped questions about what Pennsylvania can do in the aftermath of the Connecticut shootings, but says mental illness is the key issue.
At a news conference today where he faced pointed questions on a range of topics, Corbett said any ban on assault weapons is a federal issue that will be decided in Congress, not by states.
But he said such a ban would have limited benefit, since many Americans already own such weapons and the government won't take them away. He suggested gun owners could do a better of securing their guns, but said he's not proposing any such legislation.
Corbett says the challenge is to devise a way to keep legally acquired guns out of the hands of people with mental illness, but offered no specifics.
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