Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced via Twitter this morning that he will be bringing unloaded firearms to a congressional hearing on gun control where lawmakers led by Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-N.Y., are expected to introduce a new bill to ban assault weapons.
Graham tweeted that he and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, instructed their staffs to make sure "various" unloaded firearms could be brought in to the hearing under law enforcement supervision to "educate fellow Senators and members of the public how and why firearms are used by millions of law-abiding Americans for self-defense, hunting and sporting purposes."
"We also want to shatter the mistaken belief that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens are a danger to society," he tweeted from the account @GrahamBlog .
Today is the first congressional hearing on gun control measures since President Barack Obama proposed reforms to curb gun violence.
National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre and Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., are among those slated to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.