First Republican Congressman Comes Out in Favor of Assault Weapons Ban

First Republican Congressman Comes Out in Favor of Assault Weapons Ban

Following the latest mass shooting, a Republican in has revealed their support for an .

Rep. (R-N.Y.) held a press conference where he announced, “I want to be completely transparent of where I am in Congress. If an assault weapons ban bill came to the floor that would ban something like an AR-15, I would vote for it.”


Jacobs added that he supports restrictions on high capacity magazines, telling reporters, “Why does a civilian need a 30 or 50-round magazine either for recreation or hunting? I believe something along the lines of 10 is perfectly reasonable.”

Jacobs will introduce legislation to ban body armor for civilian use. The congressman said he’ll name his bill after retired Buffalo police officer Aaron Salter. Salter was killed in the recent Buffalo supermarket shooting when he exchanged fire with the gunman, who was wearing a bulletproof vest and ballistic helmet.

Spectrum News 1 has more on Jacobs’ stance:

Finally, the congressman said he would support raising the age to purchase an AR-15 style rifle from 18 to 21.

“Individuals cannot buy beer, they cannot get cigarettes (until they’re) 21. I think it’s perfectly reasonable that the age limit, at least for these highly lethal, high capacity, semiautomatic weapons should be 21,” Jacobs said.

The Republican laid out his stance after fellow congressman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin left the press conference. Zeldin was there supporting current Jacobs legislation to provide more funding for school resource officers.

The candidate did say he opposes gun reform proposed by Gov. Kathy Hochul, including microstamping ammunition and raising the age to buy assault rifles.

Jacobs represents New York’s 27th Congressional District, which borders the City of Buffalo on three sides. He first won a special election in 2020 after incumbent Republican Rep. Chris Collins pled guilty to insider trading and resigned from the House.

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