"I'm not getting myself locked into a corner on what I'm for or what I'm against," he said.
On gun control, Boehner wouldn't commit to holding votes on universal background checks or bans on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Instead, he focused on exploring the link between mass shootings and mental health.
"What I don't want to be is parceled into some political stunt that has no impact on the problem," Boehner said.
Associated Press writers Erica Werner and Stephen Ohlemacher contributed to this report.
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