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Bullock: Look At Gun Violence From A Public Health Perspective

Montana Governor Steve Bullock speaks at the state Capitol in Helena. Aug. 21, 2018
Corin Cates-Carney
Montana Public Radio
Montana Governor Steve Bullock speaks at the state Capitol in Helena, August 21, 2018.

Governor Steve Bullock is standing by his comments over the weekend that he'd support a ban on some semiautomatic weapons such as the AR-15 rifle.

“When I view an assault weapons ban, it’s sort of a military, semi-automatic, typically removable clips, a magazine of 10 or more - it's like the AR-15s,” he said.

Bullock said in a news conference Tuesday that gun violence should be looked at as a public health crisis and that he wants a conversation on a range of restrictions that would make schoolchildren and communities safer.

“I’m not proposing anything," Bullock said. "What I was asked is, ‘Would you look at restrictions on assault weapons?’  And I think that’s where then it all immediately gets blurred. Absolutely. Let’s actually take a look at this from a public health perspective.”

The two-term Democratic governor first voiced his support for a ban Sunday in answer to a question posed during an interview on CNN.

He says the timing of his announcement has nothing to do with him considering a 2020 presidential run.

Bullock is in between trips to early voting states, after speaking at the Iowa state fair last week and heading to New Hampshire on Friday.

Corin Cates-Carney manages MTPR’s daily and long-term news projects. After spending more than five years living and reporting across Western and Central Montana, he became news director in early 2020.
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