Florida House Representative Brian Mast wrote in an op-ed in the New York Times that he would support a ban on assault weapons.
Mast began his writing saying that the 2nd Amendment does not “guarantee that every civilian can bear any and all arms.” He then went on to detail his time spent in the military, saying,
“My rifle was very similar to the AR-15-style semiautomatic weapon used to kill students, teachers and a coach I knew at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where I once lived.”
Mast concluded by saying that lawmakers would need to correctly define what an assault weapon is, and would not confiscate weapons from those who already own them.
“But we should all be able to agree that the civilian version of the very deadly weapon that the Army issued to me should certainly qualify,” he finished.
The op-ed can be found here.