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Michael Steele on Gun Control

Republican challenger, Lt. Gov.

 


No ban on guns; focus on enforcement instead

Q: Your views on gun control?

A: My views are pretty much in line with the governorís. I grew up under some of the strictest gun control laws in the country. You can have all the gun control laws in the country, but if you donít enforce them, people are going to find a way to protect themselves. We need to recognize that bad people are doing bad things with these weapons. Itís not the law-abiding citizens, itís not the person who uses it as a hobby.

Q: Should people have access to buy assault weapons?

A: Society should draw lines. What do you need an assault weapon for, if youíre going hunting? Thatís overkill. But I donít think that means you go to a total ban for those who want to use gun for skeet shooting or hunting or things like that But whatís the point of passing gun laws if weíre not going to enforce them? If you want to talk about gun control, thatís where you need to start. Weíve got 300 gun laws on the books right now. At the end of the day, itís about how we enforce the law.

Source: Washington Post interview , Oct 16, 2006

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