Three and a half weeks ago, Marco Rubio walked into an arena of 7,000 grieving Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, parents, teachers and alumni with a message: Young adults should not be able to buy rifles.
“I absolutely believe that in this country if you are 18 years of age, you should not be able to buy a rifle and I will support a law that takes that right away,” the Florida Republican said at the town hall event in response to a question from Fred Guttenberg, a Parkland father whose 14-year-old daughter, Jaime, was killed in the shooting.
On Friday, hours before Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill that would ban the sale of all guns to adults between the ages of 18 and 21, Rubio qualified his stance on what kinds of guns young adults should be able to buy.
In two television interviews, Rubio stated that young adults should be able to buy shotguns and bolt-action rifles.
A CBS reporter asked Rubio if he had made up his mind on statements he made during the town hall about banning gun sales to young adults and considering a ban on high-capacity magazines.
“To be clear, I said all semiautomatic rifles. I think bolt-action, hunting rifles and shotguns and things of that nature is not what we’re talking about,” Rubio said. “The state of Florida has actually done that and I am willing to support something that does that.”