Boehner: House will consider any gun measures passed by Senate

Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerHouse GOP faces dilemma on spending bills Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief fears sequestration's return MORE (R-Ohio) said he has "made clear if the Senate acts on gun control legislation, the House will consider it."

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"But we need to look at more than just guns. We need to look at violence in our society. You know, we've got a violent society," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

BoehnerJohn BoehnerHouse GOP faces dilemma on spending bills Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief fears sequestration's return MORE said lawmakers need to examine how to stop people with mental illnesses from obtaining firearms.

"And if you've looked at all these mass shootings, what you see is the people who perpetrated these crimes all had a history of mental illness," he said.

"So where's the nexus? And how do we ensure that we keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them?"

Boehner said he expected House committees will continue exploring the issue.

Senate Democrats have introduced legislation which would ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, but that bill is unlikely to pass in the House.

In addition, a bipartisan Senate group is working on legislation that would expand background checks on firearm purchasers.

The background-check proposal is seen as more likely to pull GOP support, but the talks have bogged down amid fears that universal checks could lead to the creation of a national database of gun owners.

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