Jake Tapper Pushes Stacey Abrams on Gun Policy: Do You Support Taking Away Assault Weapons from ‘Law-Abiding’ Owners?


On Sunday, CNN’s Jake Tapper pressed Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams about her stance on guns.

“Let’s talk about gun policy. When you were a state lawmaker in 2016, you co-sponsored a bill that would have allowed Georgia state authorities to take away so-called assault weapons from current gun owners. Most similar bans would grandfather in existing weapons of that sort. Semi-automatic rifles that are called assault weapons. So is that your current position, that law-abiding gun owners in Georgia should have to give up those weapons, if authorities deem it necessary?” Tapper probed.

Abrams replied by saying that in Georgia legislation was introduced to start conversations.

She added: “I am happy to work with the legislature to figure out how we make an assault weapons ban work. But what I fundamentally believe is that we have to have common sense gun safety legislation. I am someone who supports the Second Amendment, who knows how to shoot, who knows how hunt, but I believe that our responsibility is to make sure that the most vulnerable in our society do not face those who are irresponsible with their weapons.”

Tapper then asked for clarification.

“Well, just to be clear, you were one of six co-sponsors of this bill, House Bill 731, introduced January 11th, 2016. Not that long ago. Your cosponsor told reporters that the law, quote, would require gun owners of these particular models to turn their guns in.”

Abrams replied: “And again, my point is this. The legislation introduced was the beginning of a conversation. I am absolutely certain that were we to pass this in Georgia, we would have a conversation about grandfathering in, about whether or not people would turn their guns in, whether there would be buybacks. There are a number of approaches to take to accomplish this goal.”

Tapper pressed further.

“Well, just to be clear here, I’m just trying to understand. So you don’t support the actual legislation, you just support having a conversation about it?” Tapper asked.

“No, what I’ve said is, legislation in the state legislature is about starting the conversation,” Abrams repeated. “Very few pieces of the legislation are introduced and come out the same way they go in. That’s the process of making the law. My mission in 2016 was to be a part of the conversation. I believe that we have to ban assault weapons in the state of Georgia. But what I’m saying is, as part of my leadership, I’m going to work across the aisle, and we’re going to have a conversation about how we accomplish this.”

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