Sen. Warner Changes His Stance on Assault Rifles

By: AP
By: AP

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Sen. Mark Warner says the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school has changed his supportive stand on assault weapons.

Warner is among the few Senate Democrats who has found favor with gun rights groups.

He said in interviews Monday that the shooting deaths of 20 children and seven adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., overcame his opposition to a ban on assault weapons.

The centrist former Virginia governor says the status quo is unacceptable. He called for "stricter rules on the books" and endorsed President Barack Obama's call for cracking down on assault weapons.

Warner says there are ways to achieve "rational gun control," but that he hadn't yet devised details for a bill that would have bipartisan support.

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