In a phone interview Monday afternoon with The Gazette, Colorado Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall said that “military-grade” firearms — often referred to as assault weapons — should be part of a “multi-faceted approach” to gun control legislation.
“I’m not sure that military-grade weapons should be on our streets,” said Udall, but he stopped short of supporting a ban, which many Democrats across the country are clamoring for.
Udall said he wants to strike a balance between public safety and Second Amendment rights for sportsmen and self-defense.
“I’d like to believe that a multi-faceted approach that would include a ban on assault weapons could be crafted that works for our sportsmen, preserves our heritage and can and will save lives,” Udall said. “The more I hear from military personnel, law enforcement and other experts, increasingly people are saying, when you put that kind of firepower in a school or theater or mall… we’re going to have tens of casualties, and it just seems like there’s more we can do to make that less likely to happen.”
Udall made his comments on the eve of a presentation by Vice President Joe Biden, who has been working on Capitol Hill with members of Congress to put together a new package of gun control laws. The package is expected to include a ban on assault weapons, high-capacity gun magazines, and expanded background checks.
Washington Republicans have said any assault weapons ban won’t have enough bipartisan support to pass.