Danny Tarkanian Tells MSNBC He Would Do Something on Gun Control if Elected

October 3, 2017

Nevada Republican Danny Tarkanian told MSNBC's Craig Melvin on Tuesday that he would consider gun control legislation if elected to the Senate next year.

Tarkanian, who is running a primary challenge against Republican senator Dean Heller, was asked by Melvin during an interview on the tragic Las Vegas attack that killed 59 and injured more than 500 whether he would consider gun control if he is elected.

"If elected, you're going to be one of those lawmakers that goes to Washington, D.C., and does something about gun control?" Melvin asked at the end of the interview.

"Yeah," Tarkanian said. "I will go there and try to find whatever best solution we can, gun control or whatever otherwise, to minimize these type of activities within the framework of our Constitution."

Tarkanian said earlier in the interview that "of course" Congress needs to pass legislation to address gun violence.

"You maintain that something needs to happen on a congressional level, some sort of legislation that addresses this?" Melvin asked.

"Of course," Tarkanian said. "We need to do what we can, legislation-wise and otherwise, that can help minimize these kinds of activities. There's got to be solutions."

Tarkanian's campaign did not respond to a request for clarification on what type of gun-control legislation he thinks Congress should work on.

In an interview with MSNBC on Monday night, Tarkanian criticized host Chris Hayes for asking about whether he would support gun-control legislation so shortly after the shooting and cast doubt that any law would have stopped the shooting.

"When you're murdering somebody, you break one of the worst laws you can do," he said. "It's like you guys think you can legislate human decency and evilness, and you can't."

Democrats announced on Tuesday morning that they plan to attack Heller over his opposition to gun-control legislation.

Tarkanian is running as the "pro-Trump" alternative to Heller and has won support from former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and Breitbart.