SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on comments made by Utah’s congressional delegation about guns and a school shooting in Florida (all times local):
Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love says she’s open to discussing all solutions to prevent the gun violence and shooting in schools.
Love told Utah’s Legislature on Thursday that she would support a ban on bump stocks like the ones used in last year’s Las Vegas massacre and a beefed-up background check system.
She says she’s open to listening to everything and “everything has to be on the table.”
Love also says she would support finding ways to make sure “that people who should not have weapons of any kind get a hold of them.”
She didn’t offer details.
Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee says there’s no way to ban or buyback AR-15-style assault rifles like the kind used by a shooter at a Florida high school last week without also banning hunting rifles.
He made the comments Thursday in response to a question a Utah state senator posed as part of Lee’s annual appearance before the Legislature.
Democratic state Sen. Jim Dabakis asked Lee why the guns are needed and how school children can be safe when the weapons are available.
Lee questioned how it would improve safety by banning the sale or production of an entire category of weapons and questioned how the government could buy-back or confiscate the guns that people already own.
He said only law-abiding people would comply leaving criminals with most of the weapons.