Sen. Scott Brown Reverses Position on Federal Assault Weapons Ban after Newtown

Senator Scott Brown has reversed his position after the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school and now says he supports a federal assault weapons ban.
"What happened in Newtown where those children were subject to that level of violence is beyond my comprehension," Brown said in an interview today with the Springfield Republican newspaper. "As a state legislator in Massachusetts I supported an assault weapons ban thinking other states would follow suit. But unfortunately, they have not and innocent people are being killed. As a result, I support a federal assault weapons ban, perhaps like the legislation we have in Massachusetts."

Brown had long said he opposed any new federal restrictions on guns and believed the issue was best left up to the states. He reiterated his opposition to tighter federal gun laws after previous attacks at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater and at US Representative Gabrielle Giffords's meet-and-greet with constituents in Tucson, Ariz.

"I'm not in favor of doing any additional federal regulations relating to any type of weapons or federal gun changes," Brown told the Globe shortly after the Tucson attack last year. "I feel it should be left up to the states."

Brown's shift on guns comes at a time when he is believed to be positioning himself for a return to the Senate. The Massachusetts Republican, who is leaving next month after being defeated by Democrat Elizabeth Warren, is said to be readying a run for Senator John F. Kerry's seat, if Kerry is named secretary of state, as expected.

SOURCE: Michael Levenson and Stephanie Ebbert
The Boston Globe Staff
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