Sen. Boxer calls for stronger gun controls

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) holds an image of a donkey, symbol of the Democratic Party, with bullet holes and a label, "Liberal Hunting License," taken from a conservative Internet site, as she talks about the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, including the need for improved federal gun legislation, at a news conference in Riverside, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

January 11, 2011 2:00:24 PM PST
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer says its time to look at adopting more stringent regulations nationwide governing who can legally carry concealed weapons.

The California Democrat said Tuesday states that don't screen people who want to carry concealed weapons aren't protecting their citizens.

Boxer's remarks were prompted by last week's shooting in Tucson, Ariz., in which six people were killed and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 13 others were wounded.

Arizona law allows any U.S. citizen 21 or older to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.

Boxer also says she supports a proposal by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., to ban high-capacity ammunition clips.

She spoke at a news conference in the Riverside County district attorney's office.