Ashford Wants ‘A List of Assault Weapons That Should Not Be Sold Here’

Omaha, NE.—It appears Omaha voters will get a chance to cast a ballot for or against gun control next year.

In the aftermath of the nation’s worst mass shooting—at least 59 dead and 527 injured—former Congressman Brad Ashford, who wants his old job back, is pushing for a ban on at least some assault weapons.

“I support working with law enforcement to develop a list of assault weapons that should not be sold here,” Ashford posted on Facebook Monday night. “For my 18 years as a legislator I have supported responsible gun violence legislation. I will continue to do so. It is irresponsible to ignore the harm that is in plain sight.”

As the sounds of an assault weapon fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino in Las Vegas poured across the country Monday,  Ashford’s opponent in next May’s Democratic Primary, Kara Eastman, also weighed in on Facebook but did not specifically mention assault weapons.

“Why do we allow this to happen? There is no easy, one step solution,” she wrote. “But investing in mental health services and enacting policies to prevent terrorism would be an excellent start.”

The winner of the Ashford-Eastman Primary will likely face incumbent Republican Don Bacon in the 2018 general election.

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