Chris Jacobs stated at a news conference, "If an assault weapons bill came to the ground that would ban something similar to an AR-15,"
After two mass shootings that took place at New York's grocery store and a Texas elementary school, Congressman Chris Jacobs (R.NY) was endorsed in 2020 by the National Rifle Association.
Jacobs made these remarks during Friday's news conference, a contradiction to Republican party's firm stance on gun laws.
Jacobs, a Republican from New York, was also endorsed by NRA in 2020. He said that he supports raising the gun ownership age to 21.
"Individuals can't buy beer and they can't get cigarettes until they are 21." He stated that he believes it is reasonable to set the minimum age for semi-automatic weapons with high-capacity and highly lethal capabilities at 21.
In an interview with The Buffalo News, the congressman reiterated these sentiments. After 19 children and 2 teachers were shot to death at Robb Elementary School, Uvalde, Tuesday, the congressman said that he needed to reconsider his position after 10 people were killed at Tops Friendly Markets Buffalo.