GOP Republican Mike Turner, backs gun restrictions
The Republican congressman who represents Dayton is calling for several gun control measures after nine were killed in a mass shooting there Sunday.
Rep. Mike Turner said Tuesday he backs a ban on sales of military-style guns, magazine limits and “red flag” legislation to identify dangerous individuals and remove their firearms.
Turner has an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association and last year earned the organization’s support for opposing a ban on semi-automatic firearms, commonly called “assault weapons.”
“I strongly support the Second Amendment, but we must prevent mentally unstable people from terrorizing our communities with military style weapons,” Turner said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
Around 1 a.m. Sunday, a shooter fired at least 41 rounds in 30 seconds before police took him down entering Ned Peppers Bar in the city’s Oregon District. Nine people were killed and 27 were injured. The shooter, wearing body armor, used a modified AR-15 style .223 caliber firearm and legal, 100-round magazines.
Turner’s daughter and a family friend were at a bar across the street when the shooting unfolded.
“I believe these are necessary steps forward in protecting our country and a testament to American values, which include protecting human life,” Turner said. “I understand not every shooting can be prevented or stopped from these measures, but I do believe these steps are essential.”
Turner was the mayor of Dayton from 1993 to 2002, when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Turner said he looked forward to discussing the ideas with President Donald Trump when he visits Dayton on Wednesday.
Turner’s statement followed recommendations by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to enact red flag legislation and expand background checks to most private sales. Turner voted against the two background check bills passed by the House earlier this year.
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