White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dodged a question Wednesday about whether President Joe Biden would support mass gun confiscation, instead saying Biden would be “happy” to sign legislation banning AR-15-style weapons.
Transgender 28-year-old Audrey Hale opened fire Monday morning at The Covenant School, a Christian elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee, killing three nine-year-olds and three adults.
Biden called for a ban on so-called “assault weapons” following the shooting, something he’s pushed for throughout his career.
“The last presidential campaign, one of the Democratic contenders said that what he would do is come for AR-15s. Does the president support not just banning the sale and manufacture of semi-automatic weapons but further than that — confiscation?” one reporter asked during the briefing. (RELATED: ‘What A Disgrace’: Sen. Josh Hawley Slams Biden For ‘Joking’ About Nashville Shooting)
REPORTER: Does the President support confiscating semi-automatic weapons?
KJP: “What we are talking about — AR-15s, the Assault Weapons Ban — they are weapons of war and they should not be on the streets.”
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Karine Jean-Pierre asked if Biden wants to confiscate AR-15s, says Biden will be “happy” to sign legislation to “remove them.”
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“What we’re talking about – AR-15s, these assault weapons ban [sic] – they are weapons of war and they should not be on the streets, across the country, in our communities, they should not be in schools, they should not be in grocery stores, they should not be in churches. That’s what the president believes,” Jean-Pierre said.
“Now it’s time for Congress to do the work. And he’s happy to sign — once that happens, he’s happy to sign that legislation that says, ‘Ok, we’re going to remove assault weapons — we’re gonna have an assault weapons ban,'” she continued.
The Covenant School said its community is “heartbroken” and “grieving tremendous loss” in a press release Monday.
“We ask for privacy as our community grapples with this terrible tragedy – for our students, parents, faculty and staff.”