A GOP congressman in the Buffalo area has said he would support a ban on assault weapons only two years after receiving the support of the National Rifle Association.
Representative Chris Jacobs (R-NY), who is gearing up for a GOP primary battle in August, told reporters he would get behind gun control efforts in Congress, including assault weapons bans and a minimum age of 21 to purchase guns. Determining is involved, WKBW reported.
Most Americans support a ban on assault weapons, with 67% of people surveyed in a Politico/Morning Consulting poll saying they would support one.
The increase in the minimum age to purchase firearms was also supported by 72% of those surveyed in a Reuters/Ipsos survey.
“If an assault weapons ban bill comes on the floor that would ban something like the AR-15, I would vote for it,” Jacobs said.
“Individuals can’t buy beer, they can’t get cigarettes at age 21, I think it’s perfectly reasonable that age limit – at least for these highly lethal, high-capacity, semi-automatic weapons For – should be 21.”
Jacobs’ new support for gun control measures comes days after the deadly shootings in Texas and Buffalo this month.
In an interview with The Buffalo News, the Congressman said that the recent tragedies had an impact on his thoughts.
Jacobs said, “I hope that I have taken pity when I have read and heard about past incidents like this that happened in previous years, but I think that when this happens in your town, your acquaintances It’s different for people.”
“Being a father and having young children and imagining what those parents are going through and, I think, being able to feel it more personally certainly had an impact as well. Is.”
According to the nonprofit Vote Smart, Jacobs scored a 92% rating with Gun Owners of America’s gun rights group last year, and voted against bills that would have increased background checks last year.
Jacobs was endorsed by former President Donald Trump during his successful congressional bid in 2020. He won one of the “most conservative” congressional districts in New York, The Buffalo News said, and won “in part” with his support for gun rights.
Congressman was also endorsed by the NRA in 2020, according to a statement, and he called the support a “testament” to his fight for the Second Amendment.
“I have always stood with law-abiding gun owners,” he said in 2020. “I promise to uphold this commitment to defending their rights, and gun owners of western New York can rest assured that they have an ally and a fighter for them in Congress. With me.”