At Auburn's Prison City, support brewing for Francis Conole in race for Congress

On gun safety, Conole said he supports the Second Amendment. However, he believes Congress must act to reduce gun violence. He wants universal background checks, loopholes for gun purchases closed, the repeal of the Dickey Amendment — which critics say prevents the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from researching gun violence — and the restoration of the assault weapons ban. 

Conole trained with M4s, M16s and other weapons of war. He said military-style guns shouldn't be on the streets. 

"I do not believe assault weapons need to be in the hands of civilians," he added. 

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Chris Bell (TX-Sen) Issue Statement

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.