Outgoing Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown has become the first Republican senator to endorse a federal assault weapons ban in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre.
Brown had previously said states should decide on their own gun laws.
“What happened in Newtown where those children were subject to that level of violence is beyond my comprehension,” he told The Republican newspaper. “As a state legislator in Massachusetts I supported an assault weapons ban thinking other states would follow suit. But unfortunately, they have not and innocent people are being killed. As a result, I support a federal assault weapons ban, perhaps like the legislation we have in Massachusetts.”
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