Rubio says banning semiautomatic rifles is 'well outside' mainstream

Dana Loesch CPAC 2018

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"I absolutely believe that in this country if you are 18 years of age, you should not be able to buy a rifle, and I will support a law that takes that right away", Rubio said at CNN's town hall in Florida. "I will support a law that takes that right away".

Rubio is backed by the influential National Rifle Association, which has awarded him an A-plus rating and endorsed his Senate candidacy in the past.

Rubio also said he was "reconsidering" his position on high-capacity magazines.

"So, you and I are now eye to eye".

The comments represent a softening for a lawmaker whom the NRA has endorsed and praised as someone who has "vigorously fought to promote and defend the right to keep and bear arms".

Last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead, has attracted intensive media coverage - as has the aftermath, which has seen some survivors demanding more gun control.

Rubio was joined by Sen.

Both Trump and Florida's Republican governor declined to attend the town hall meeting.

Throughout the event, Rubio found himself in the hot seat, fielding the majority of the questions.

"So right now, in the name of 17 people, you can not ask the NRA to keep their money out of your campaign?" said 17-year-old Stoneman Douglas junior Cameron Kasky. "I'm not saying that you love the tragedy", she told the crowd on Thursday. "The influence comes from the millions of people that agree with the agenda, the millions of Americans that support the NRA".

The grieving father told Rubio to acknoweldge that guns "were the factor in the hunting of our kids".

Rubio said he does not support arming teachers and Nelson agreed saying Trump's suggestion on arming them was "a bad idea". "I've hunted all my life".

"It is not too soon, it is too late", Deutch said, noting that "weapons of war are in our communities. It's the problem that once you start looking at how easy it is to get around it, you would literally have to ban every semi-automatic rifle that's sold in America", Rubio said, to which the crowd erupted into cheers seemingly in support of a ban. "So, right now in the name of 17 people, you can not ask the NRA to keep their money out of your campaign?"

"This is what I'm talking about in terms of prevention and making sure that people who are unsafe should not have access to firearms, without punishing law-abiding Americans who want to be able to have that same right to defend themselves", she said. "Because I would ask her how she can look in the mirror, considering the fact that she has children".

Rubio responded that the problems laid bare by the shooting rampage "cannot be solved by gun laws alone", drawing jeering whistles from the crowd. In Sutherland Springs, the gunman killed 26 and was able to purchase firearms because the Air Force failed to submit his convictions on domestic abuse charges while enlisted.

OK?" he asked, speaking at the CNN town hall "Stand Up: "The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action" in Sunrise, Florida.

"The notion that my kids (would be) going to school with teachers that are armed with a weapon is not something that quite frankly I'm comfortable with". "If they want to talk about checkpoint systems, if they want to talk about reinforcing doors, the NRA, our resources are at their disposal", she said. And I do support the Second Amendment.

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