Libertarian VP pick slams guns: Handguns “even worse than” AR-15s

Associated Press

Associated Press

The 2016 election is proving to be one of the oddest in recent memory — the Democratic nominee isn’t a progressive, the Republican isn’t a conservative, and the Libertarian isn’t well… libertarian.

Gary Johnson’s vice presidential nominee Bill Weld proved it in a recent interview with Revolt TV, when he slammed certain types of firearms.

While discussing his position on gun rights, Weld said that rifles can be turned into weapons of mass destruction, and that handguns are “worse than” semi-automatics.

“The five-shot rifle, that’s a standard military rifle; the problem is if you attach a clip to it so it can fire more shells and if you remove the pin so that it becomes an automatic weapon, and those are independent criminal offenses,” Weld said. “That is when they become, essentially a weapon of mass destruction. The problem with handguns probably is even worse than the problem of the AR15.”

Weld also said he believed no one on a terrorist watch list should be allowed to purchase guns, even though, as the Huffington Post pointed out, it isn’t too hard for an innocent person to end up on the list.

Not exactly a very pro-freedom position from the Libertarian Party.


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