First Republican Joins Democrats To Push For ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban

New York Republican Pete King has become the first Republican in the House to cross the aisle and join Democrats in calls for a gun ban.

After he officially joined the Democrat plan to push an “assault weapons” ban, King went on the attack.

“They are weapons of mass slaughter,” King said on Monday.

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“I don’t see any need for them in everyday society,” King added.

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The New Yorker also recently put out a statement that he supported gun control.

“The tragic shootings in El Paso and Dayton demonstrate again the need to address gun violence. Sensible gun regulation is essential as is psychological study of who resorts to gun violence and why and what early indicators there might be,” he wrote on August 5. “Our prayers must be with those killed and wounded and their families.”

According to the New York Daily News:

The Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 was rolled out in February by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), with 190 other Democrats onboard. An additional 11 lawmakers signed on after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, left dozens of people dead and many more injured, with King being among the most recent.

King had been the lead sponsor of a bill improving background checks when Republicans controlled the House and was already one of a handful of Republicans backing that bill now.

King noted after the shootings in El Paso and Dayton that he was leaning toward supporting gun bans.

“I think the assault weapons ban is timely now, especially in view of the shooting in El Paso and Dayton,” he said after the shootings.

The New York liberal Republican added that he hoped that his stepping out would give “cover” to other Republicans to join the anti-Second Amendment movement.

King recently met with a rabid gun banner in his office in Washington:

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