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Rep. Cole: Ban Bump Stocks, Not Semi-Automatic Weapons

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By    |   Wednesday, 28 February 2018 02:25 PM

Rep. Tom Cole said Wednesday he'd be fine with banning the sales of bump stocks, but he would not be in favor of an outright ban on semi-automatic weapons, such as the AR-15 used in the school massacre in Parkland, Florida on Valentine's Day.

"Semi-automatic is a legal weapon, the Oklahoma Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "An automatic is not, hence the bump stock ban."

He also said he thinks the call to raise the age from 18 to 21 for purchasing guns should be best left up to the states.

Meanwhile, Cole said he does think there are some things that can be done to keep deeply troubled people from getting hold of dangerous weapons and using them in mass attacks.

"I think there's some things we can do obviously in terms of background checks," said Cole. "We had a massive failure in Florida by both local and federal law enforcement ... then I think you have to seriously look at hardening some of the targets. It's interesting to me these things don't tend to occur in municipal buildings where there's visible security, airports. They're happening where there isn't any."

This would mean spending "serious money" on upgrading and hardening schools as a target, so that anyone who thinks about carrying out an attack would know they might be confronted, said Cole, and he's willing to approve spending so that happens.

"I think there's a federal, state, local, shared responsibility," said Cole. "There's probably a big difference between the way people in Oklahoma would look at this and maybe the way people in New York City would look at this. So, I think you have to have a flexible program, work with local people. Provide them with what they think they need to provide security for their children."

Cole also said it's an "individual choice" whether teachers and school personnel should be armed, but he doesn't have a problem with it, even if he doesn't think teachers should be forced to take up arms.

Cole said in his state, it is not unusual for people to have conceal carry licenses.

Cole said there are many people in his own neighborhood that own AR-15, and he does not think he lives in a dangerous location.

"They use them for sporting purposes, target practice," he said. "It's a normal type thing for them."

However, accused school shooter Nikolas Cruz should never have been able to get a gun, said Cole, considering his background and how many times law enforcement officials had visited his home.

"So, to me, that is a system's failure," said Cole.

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Rep. Tom Cole said Wednesday he'd be fine with banning the sales of bump stocks, but he would not be in favor of an outright ban on semi-automatic weapons, such as the AR-15 used in the school massacre in Parkland, Florida on Valentine's Day.
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