Stacey Abrams Supports Banning AR-15s, Won't Say if She'd Confiscate Them From Georgians

October 30, 2018

Democrat Stacey Abrams would not say Tuesday whether she would support rounding up AR-15 firearms from Georgians if elected governor.

Conservative co-host of "The View" Meghan McCain read out a list of Abrams' gun control bona fides, including her "F" rating from the National Rifle Association and endorsements from the group Everytown for Gun Safety and gun control activist Michael Bloomberg.

"Do you, like Everytown, support banning the AR-15?" McCain asked.

Abrams replied she was not "anti-gun," talking about her enjoyment of trap shooting and target shooting, but she also touted her support of background checks, three-day waiting periods, and keeping domestic abusers from buying guns before addressing McCain's question.

"I do not believe that weapons of mass destruction like the AR-15 belong in civilian hands," she said. "I've shot an AR-15, and I think you probably have, too, and while it's an amazing amount of power, it also is an amazing amount of destruction, and there's very little that can be done to protect vulnerable communities when the AR-15 is present."

McCain said she appreciated Abrams' honesty.

"I assume that by banning it, you would be rounding them up," she said. "It's the most popular gun in America ... Would you be rounding them up from civilians in Georgia?"

Abrams did not directly address the question of "rounding them up from civilians," instead focusing on her support of a ban generally.

"We have had a ban on assault weapons before in the United States, and I think that we should do it again. I think there has to be a conversation about how it's accomplished, because we have to recognize that this is a national conversation," she said.

Abrams went on to say she wanted to push back on the notion she didn't support the Second Amendment, saying it's possible to believe in regulations and responsible gun ownership.

"I appreciate your honesty that you want to ban it," McCain said again.

Abrams is trying to become the first black female governor in U.S. history. She is in a tight race with Republican Brian Kemp, who has been endorsed by President Donald Trump and has campaigned on strong support for Second Amendment rights.