Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) on Wednesday came out in support of a nationwide ban on assault-style weapons.
“Look, I think the assault weapons ban in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, based on all the data that’s available, has served this commonwealth well,” he told reporters, according to MassLive.
“And I think it would be appropriate at this point for the federal government to adopt something similar.”
His remarks come just two weeks after 17 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a high school in Florida.
Baker has shifted in his thinking on a federal assault weapon ban, which expired in 2004 while the Massachusetts version remains in place.
On Wednesday, Baker said he was open to other gun control measures as well when asked about support for “red flag” legislation that would prevent people deemed dangerous from owning a gun.
Baker said in Massachusetts, the path to getting license to carry is through local police chief, and the local police chief can deem someone dangerous and take away their license to carry. The police chief can also confiscate their weapons.
“But obviously we should always be interested in considering other alternatives, as well,” Baker said.
Granting a local police chief the power to confiscate guns gives Massachusetts a “real leg up on gun safety and it shows up in our statistics,” according to the governor.
“We’re either the first or the second most gun safe state in the country, depending upon the study,” Baker said.