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GOP Congressman Says He’ll Support Assault Weapons Ban After Mass Shootings

A Buffalo-area GOP congressman said he would support an assault weapons ban just two years after receiving National Rifle Association endorsement.

Rep. Chris Jacobs (R-NY), who is set for a GOP primary battle in August, told reporters he would support gun control efforts in Congress, including a ban on assault weapons and setting 21 as the minimum age to purchase firearms, WKBW reported. .

A majority of Americans support an assault weapons ban, with 67% of respondents in a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll saying they would support one.

An increase in the minimum age for buying firearms was also backed by 72% of respondents in a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

“If an assault weapons ban bill were to come forward that would ban something like an AR-15, I would vote for it,” Jacobs said.

“Individuals can’t buy beer, they can’t get cigarettes at 21, I think it’s perfectly reasonable that the age limit – at least for these highly lethal, high-capacity semi-automatic weapons – or 21 years old.”

Jacobs’ new support for gun control measures comes days after deadly shootings in Texas and Buffalo this month.

The congressman, in an interview with The Buffalo News, said recent tragedies have impacted his views.

“I hope I’ve been sympathetic when I’ve read and heard about past incidents like this that have happened over the years, but I guess there’s just something markedly different when it happens in your town, for the people you know,” Jacobs said.

“Being a father and having young children and visualizing what those parents are going through and, I guess, being able to feel it more personally has definitely had an impact as well.”

Jacobs earned a 92% rating with the gun rights group Gun Owners of America last year, according to the nonprofit Vote Smart, and has voted against bills that would have improved background check last year.

Jacobs was endorsed by former President Donald Trump during his successful 2020 congressional bid. He won in “one of New York’s most conservative congressional districts”, The Buffalo News reported, and won “in part” through his support for gun rights.

The congressman was also endorsed by the NRA in 2020, according to a statement, and he called that endorsement a “testament” to his battle for the Second Amendment.

“I have always supported law-abiding gun owners,” he said in 2020. “I promise to uphold that commitment to protect our rights, and gun owners from the western New York can rest assured that they have an ally and a fighter for them in Congress with me.”

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