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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead Biden move to tap oil reserves draws GOP pushback 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) WallaceBret Baier confirms his 'concerns' about Tucker Carlson's Jan. 6 documentary Rittenhouse says Biden defamed his character Surgeon general warns of uptick in COVID-19 cases as cold weather arrives MORE, Graham challenged Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerLawmakers take aim at 'Grinches' using bots to target consumers during holidays Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Schumer mourns death of 'amazing' father 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 ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.) said this weekend that the bill could reach 60 votes in the Senate, though Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSchumer: 'Goal' is to pass Biden spending bill before Christmas The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to update Americans on omicron; Congress back This week: Congress starts year-end legislative sprint MORE (D-W.Va.), a crucial swing vote, has indicated that he does not yet support it.