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US Rep. Jared Golden Calls For Ban Of Assault Rifles

US Rep. Jared Golden Calls For Ban Of Assault Rifles

Since the horror of the Maine shooting, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden of Maine’s 2nd District has called for a ban on assault rifles. 

Golden made the announcement Thursday night at a Lewiston press conference with Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins. 

“The time has now come for me to take responsibility for this failure, which is why I now call on the United States Congress to ban assault rifles, like the one used by the sick perpetrator of this mass killing in my hometown of Lewiston,” Golden said.

Jared had previously opposed the gun control measures raised by Congress to be passed into law. 

“To the people of Lewiston, my constituents throughout the 2nd District, to the families who lost loved ones, and to those who have been harmed, I asked for forgiveness and support as I seek to put an end to these terrible shootings. In the days to come, I will give everything I have to support this community’s recovery,” Golden said.

Speaking about a potential gun ban, Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collin said it was more important to ban high-capacity magazines. 

Collins noted that she supported a ban on some assault weapons in the 1990s but did not move to expand it. 

“And it was based not on lethality, but more on how they looked, on cosmetic features,” Collins said. “And I did not think that that was appropriate. We do have a 2nd Amendment in our country. And Maine, I would point out, has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the country, and has a long heritage of responsible gun ownership.”

Collins also said she was a co-author of last year’s Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which she said increased funding to states that have so-called “red flag” and “yellow flag” laws.

Maine’s “yellow flag” law allows law enforcement to petition a judge to temporarily restrict a person’s access to guns. 

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