GOP governor says he would have a ‘conversation’ about age limits for AR-15s

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Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (right) said on Tuesday he was ready to have a ‘conversation’ about raising the minimum age to purchase ‘AR-15 type weapons’ in ongoing discussions on gun reform.

Why is it important: Hutchinson is the latest Republican official to suggest a willingness to consider potential changes to gun purchase requirements.

  • “You need to at least have a conversation about it,” he said.

Details: Hutchinson told TAUT’s John Berman that he supports a bipartisan conversation that could lead to new gun control legislation, including a meeting between a bipartisan group of governors.

  • “America wants to see this kind of discussion happen in a bipartisan way, looking for solutions that make a difference,” he said.
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Yes, but: He said the challenge of a gun safety discussion is “every time you look at what could make a difference, it’s hard to come up with a solution.”

  • “And that’s why you can’t just focus on the gun safety discussion,” he added. “It also needs to be investments in higher levels of school safety.”

The big picture: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said Sunday he was open to a federal ban on AR-15-style rifles, adding his views had changed after the shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

  • “Look, I opposed a ban, you know, quite recently. I think I’m open to a ban now,” Kinzinger told TAUT.
  • “It’s going to depend on what it looks like because there’s a lot of nuance to what constitutes, you know, certain things,” he added.
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President Biden told reporters on Monday that “rational Republicans” may soon act on gun control legislation. He added that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was “a rational Republican.”

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