Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), a veteran GOP lawmaker who has served in the Senate for more than 30 years, voiced support for a ban on assault weapons last Friday.
In an interview with Bloomberg’s Al Hunt, the Indiana senator was asked whether the ban, which expired in 2004, should be reinstated. “I believe it should be,” Lugar replied. “But I recognize the fact that the politics domestically in our country with regard to this are on a different track altogether.”
Lugar continued, “As a matter of fact, it appears that ammunition has been purchased from stores all over the country, subsequent to [the shooting in Arizona], by many Americans feeling that somehow Congress might take action that would somehow limit the amount of ammunition or the types of ammunition people can have.”