Graham says he owns AR-15 to protect his home from gangs

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP lawmaker 'encouraged' by Biden's Afghanistan strategy Biden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  Graham: 'A full withdrawal from Afghanistan is dumber than dirt and devilishly dangerous' MORE (R-S.C.) owns an AR-15 for home defense, he revealed on "Fox News Sunday" this week while detailing a scenario in which he would have use the weapon to defend against gangs of looters.

During an interview with host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceMcConnell seeks to end feud with Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden meets with bipartisan lawmakers for infrastructure negotiations Biden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure MORE, Graham challenged Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHolder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ Capitol Police officer killed in car attack lies in honor in Capitol Rotunda Rep. Andy Kim on Asian hate: 'I've never felt this level of fear' MORE (D-N.Y.) to bring an assault weapons ban to the Senate floor, claiming that it wouldn't get 50 votes, much less the 60 required to pass it without changing the filibuster.

"I would challenge Sen. Schumer to bring the assault weapons ban to the floor of the United States Senate. It won't get 50 votes, much less 60," he said.


"I own an AR-15," Graham continued. "If there's a natural disaster in South Carolina where the cops can't protect my neighborhood, my house will be the last one that the gang will come to because I can defend myself. You don't have to have an AR-15, but if you have one lawfully, I think you should be allowed to keep it."

The comments drew sharp criticism from supporters of an assault weapons ban on social media and on broadcast news networks, including from Parkland shooting survivor Cameron Kasky, who said that the senator was being fed a narrative from gun manufacturers about "apocalyptic" scenarios.

"The suggestion that a twerp like Lindsey Graham can be some sort of tough guy fending away apocalyptic invaders is just the narrative that they sell," Kasky said on MSNBC's "The Mehdi Hasan Show."

Democrats have yet to indicate that they will seek an assault weapons ban following recent mass shootings around the country, including one in Boulder, Colo., where the suspect is believed to have used a pistol designed to operate like an AR-15, known as a Ruger AR-556.

The House recently passed a bill that would expand background checks to all gun sales, and Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeySasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Philly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' Toomey censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.) said this weekend that the bill could reach 60 votes in the Senate, though Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinFive hurdles Democrats face to pass an infrastructure bill Nixed Interior nominee appointed to different department role  Against mounting odds, Biden seeks GOP support for infrastructure plan MORE (D-W.Va.), a crucial swing vote, has indicated that he does not yet support it.