Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), said on Tuesday, Aug. 6, that he supports legislation to ban the sale of military-style weapons, following two mass shootings over the weekend, one of which was in his home state, that left 31 people dead and many others wounded.
“I strongly support the Second Amendment, but we must prevent mentally unstable people from terrorizing our communities with military style weapons.”
“I will support legislation that prevents the sale of military style weapons to civilians, a magazine limit, and red flag legislation. The carnage these military style weapons are able to produce when available to the wrong people is intolerable,” Turner said in a statement.
“We must pass red flag legislation to quickly identify people who are dangerous and remove their ability to harm others. Too often after mass shootings, we hear there were early warning signs that were ignored,” he said. “I believe these are necessary steps forward in protecting our country and a testament to American values, which include protecting human life.”
“I understand not every shooting can be prevented or stopped from these measures, but I do believe these steps are essential,” Turner said.
Turner is a strong gun-rights advocate with A rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA), according to the Dayton Daily News. Earlier this year, he voted against strengthening a background checks bill in the House twice.
Turner’s daughter was at a bar across the street when the shooting happened that killed nine people on Sunday. She was unharmed.
Turner was the mayor of Dayton from 1993 to 2002, when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Turner said he expected to discuss measures with President Trump when he visits Dayton on Wednesday, saying “I look forward to continuing this debate with my colleagues in Congress, as well as discussing these measures with the President during his trip to Dayton.”