Ohio GOP rep announces support of military-style weapon ban

Ohio GOP rep announces support of military-style weapon ban
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Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday he supports banning military-style weapons and implementing "red flag laws" following two mass shootings, including one in his own state, that killed more than 31 people over the weekend. 

The Ohio Republican said while he’s a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights, he believes action needs to be taken to prevent “mentally unstable people from terrorizing our communities” with assault weapons. 

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“I will support legislation that prevents the sale of military style weapons to civilians, a magazine limit, and red flag legislation. The carnage these military style weapons are able to produce when available to the wrong people is intolerable,” he said in a statement.  

“We must pass red flag legislation to quickly identify people who are dangerous and remove their ability to harm others. Too often after mass shootings, we hear there were early warning signs that were ignored,” he said.

Turner said while not all tragedies are preventable, he believes the legislation would be a step in the right direction in preventing instances of mass violence. 

“This weekend, a shooter wearing body armor opened fire in downtown Dayton with a weapon he had modified to be able to hold 100 rounds of ammunition," he said. "Dayton Police ran towards the shooter and neutralized him in less than thirty seconds, saving countless lives. In those few seconds, the shooter was able to murder nine people, injure at least 27, and deeply impact the entire community.

“If the police had not been present and able to instantly respond, the casualties would have been astronomical. This tragedy must become a catalyst for a broader national conversation about what we can do to stop these mass shootings.” 

Turner’s comments follow GOP Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerLawmakers spar over surveillance flight treaty with Russia Honoring service before self House approves Turkey sanctions in rare bipartisan rebuke of Trump MORE (Ill.) calling for legislation to implement universal background checks and increase the legal age to purchase a firearm after the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.