Montana Dem governor now says he would support assault weapons ban

Montana Dem governor now says he would support assault weapons ban

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) said Sunday for the first time that he would support a ban on assault weapons.

“Everybody wants to keep themselves and their families safe,” Bullock said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Bullock has long been a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and Montana's gun laws, and only in recent months has endorsed universal background checks. He had not previously expressed support for such a widespread ban.

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The governor’s shift to a stronger stance on gun control is seen by many as a sign that he may be gearing up for a presidential run.

Democrats have increased calls for assault weapons bans and other widespread gun control policies in the wake of the string of mass shootings at schools earlier this year, though efforts to pass legislation have fizzled over the summer.

"I’ve had to lower the flag 13 times for mass shootings since I’ve been governor. The first time was one too many," Bullock wrote in an op-ed earlier this year.