Dem PA Senate Candidate Wants to Ban ‘Ownership’ of Rifles, Not Just Sales

Fetterman is facing Trump-backed candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Democrat Pennsylvania Senate Candidate John Fetterman said twice in 2022 that he supports banning any ownership of rifles.
  • The candidate went a step further than to say he wants to ban the purchase of rifles by asserting that ownership should be illegal, across the board.
  • Footage of Fetterman’s comments was given to journalists by the Republican National Committee showing the Democrat making his opinion on gun-control clear.
  • “I’ve always supported a ban to the assault rifle ownership,” Fetterman stated while speaking at an event on April 11th of this year.  “We should not have weapons of war in the hands of civilians. I have seen with my own eyes at the scenes in my community what a military-grade round does to the human body. And we have no need for civilians to own those kind of weapons.”
  • On April 9, Fetterman also admitted he wanted to ban the “ownership” of rifles, saying it was part of the reason he has called for the elimination of the filibuster.
OTHER BANS FETTERMAN SUPPORTS:
  • At the same event, a video shows Fetterman saying he wants to eliminate the filibuster and ban open-carry laws: “The truth is if a state that you’re in has open carry laws, there’s nothing that you, as [a] senator, can do directly. That’s the truth,” he claimed. “Some of these states have open carry laws and it’s perfectly legal and a United States senator can’t directly intervene and change that.”
  • “But what we can do is eliminate the filibuster and pass comprehensive gun reform legislation federally that supersedes and eliminates the option to have open carry,” Fetterman went on to say.
BACKGROUND:
  • As the issue of gun control closes in around Americans, over 100 House Republicans demanded answers from credit card giants over their decision to log gun sales among account holders.
  • Letters were sent to the CEOs of Visa, MasterCard, and American Express, on behalf of Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and House Republicans who demanded that the companies answer questions about their decision to adopt the new category, which was set by the  International Organization for Standardization.