Chris Bell (TX-Sen) Issue Statement August 2, 2019 Chris Bell is tired of reading about mass shootings and senseless gun violence. He believes that people have every right in the world to buy guns for protection and for sport, but does not believe anyone needs an assault weapon in order to do that. Weapons of war should not be on our streets. He supports the Australian model of an assault weapons ban and buyback program and has advocated publicly for such an initiative. He does not wish to see individuals simply stripped of their assault weapons but offered a reasonable amount of time to turn them in for a fair price. Chris also supports background checks for gun buyers.