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PA – GUN RIGHTS – Pat Toomey says he wouldn’t support an assault weapon ban, calling the guns “extremely popular”

As U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey renews his push to expand background checks to all commercial gun sales, the Republican lawmaker from Pennsylvania also is coming under fire from Democrats for comments he made Tuesday about why he would not support a ban on assault weapons. Responding to a question during a Fox News interview about banning military-style firearms or larger magazines, Toomey said assault weapons are “no more lethal” than typical hunting rifles — and are “extremely popular.” “So to ban an extremely popular firearm, I’m not going to support that,” Toomey said. “That would be an infringement on the rights of law-abiding citizens.” A clip of his answer circulated quickly on Twitter. Among Democrats linking to it was Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who lost the 2016 Democratic primary to challenge Toomey’s re-election. Fetterman reposted the video with the caption: “Vote. Him. Out.” One of out of every five firearms purchased in this country is an AR-15-style rifle, according to NBC News, citing data from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, an industry trade association.  [full article]

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