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GOP Lawmaker Turns On His Party And Slams The NRA As He Calls For A Ban On Assault Weapons

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Rep. Pete King (R-NY) has become the first House Republican to back a bill that will ultimately ban assault weapons.

King spoke with the New York Daily News on Monday about the issue and claimed that assault weapons are just “weapons of mass slaughter.”

“I don’t see any need for them in everyday society,” he added.

The bill, which rolled out in February by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), has 200 Democratic co-sponsors. This makes King the first Republican to join Democrats in co-sponsoring the bill.

While King had previously backed background checks for gun purchases, the two tragedies moved him to support Cicilline’s bill.

“I think the assault weapons ban is timely now, especially in view of the shooting in El Paso and Dayton,” he told the Daily News.

Cicilline praised King for becoming the first Republican to back his bill.

“These weapons belong on the battlefield, not in our homes, schools, houses of worship or workplaces,” he said, according to the Daily News.

“I’m pleased that Congressman King has joined this effort. I sincerely hope that more of my Republicans colleagues will put their service to our country and the safety of their constituents ahead of their need to raise campaign money from the gun lobby.”

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