A House Republican from Florida is backing an assault weapon ban following last week’s shooting at a high school in his state that left 17 dead.
Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.), who faces a competitive reelection race this fall, wrote in an op-ed Friday that the Second Amendment guarantee of the right to bear arms should not apply to all guns.
“The Second Amendment is unimpeachable,” Mast wrote in The New York Times. “It guarantees the right of citizens to defend themselves. I accept, however, that it does not guarantee that every civilian can bear any and all arms.”
Mast, a retired staff sergeant in the Army, recalled his deployment in Afghanistan and the weapon he carried during that time, an M4 Carbine.
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