Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (right) said on Tuesday he was ready to have a ‘conversation’ about raising the minimum age to purchase ‘AR-15 type weapons’ in ongoing discussions on gun reform.
Why is it important: Hutchinson is the latest Republican official to suggest a willingness to consider potential changes to gun purchase requirements.
- “You need to at least have a conversation about it,” he said.
Details: Hutchinson told TNZT’s John Berman that he supports a bipartisan conversation that could lead to new gun control legislation, including a meeting between a bipartisan group of governors.
- “America wants to see this kind of discussion happen in a bipartisan way, looking for solutions that make a difference,” he said.
Yes, but: He said the challenge of a gun safety discussion is “every time you look at what could make a difference, it’s hard to come up with a solution.”
- “And that’s why you can’t just focus on the gun safety discussion,” he added. “It also needs to be investments in higher levels of school safety.”
The big picture: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said Sunday he was open to a federal ban on AR-15-style rifles, adding that his opinion had changed after the shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
- “Look, I opposed a ban, you know, quite recently. I think I’m open to a ban now,” Kinzinger told TNZT.
- “It’s going to depend on what it looks like because there’s a lot of nuance to what constitutes, you know, certain things,” he added.
President Biden told reporters on Monday that “rational Republicans” may soon act on gun control legislation. He added that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was “a rational Republican.”