IT BEGINS: Republican Congressman Calls for Ban on Assault Rifles (Details)

Retired Army Staff Sergeant and current Florida Congressman, Brian Mast, has called for a ban on assault weapons.

Here’s why…

From The Hill:

A House Republican from Florida is backing an assault weapon ban following last week’s shooting at a high school in his state that left 17 dead.

Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.), who faces a competitive reelection race this fall, wrote in an op-ed Friday that the Second Amendment guarantee of the right to bear arms should not apply to all guns.

“The Second Amendment is unimpeachable,” Mast wrote in The New York Times. “It guarantees the right of citizens to defend themselves. I accept, however, that it does not guarantee that every civilian can bear any and all arms.”

More from TC Palm:

Mast also calls for:

-Background checks on every firearm purchaser.
-Banning the sale of “accessories and add-ons that circumvent the ban on automatic firearms.”
-Increasing the minimum age for buying “various categories of firearms,” without mentioning specifics.
-Making sure people who have been detained for mental illness or ordered by a court to receive treatment for mental illness, cannot buy firearms.
-Ensuring possible terrorists, determined “through a system of due process,” can’t buy a firearm.
-Making sure anyone “threatening to shoot or blow up a school, in word or on social media, is placed on an FBI watch list for a long time.”

Is this the start of more Republicans calling for gun bans?

Time will tell…

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