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Rep. Chris Jacobs drops reelection bid after outcry over support for assault weapons ban

Rep. Chris Jacobs is dropping his reelection bid after coming underneath fireplace from fellow Republicans for backing a ban on assault weapons. 

The New York Republican mentioned his newfound views on gun management would make a re-election bid tough and divisive. 

“The last thing we need is an incredibly negative, half-truth-filled media attack, funded by millions of dollars in special interest money coming into our community around this issue of guns and gun violence and gun control,” he mentioned in saying his withdrawal from the race. 

Last week, Mr. Jacobs shocked many by signaling support for a ban on assault weapons. He additionally endorsed elevating the minimal age for rifle gross sales to 21, limiting ammunition magazines and prohibiting the sale of physique armor to civilians. 

Mr. Jacobs, who had been endorsed by the National Rifle Association in his prior campaigns for Congress, mentioned his evolution was brought on by a latest wave of mass shootings. 

One of these incidents occurred close to Mr. Jacobs’ district when an 18-year-old man allegedly opened fireplace in a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York. The capturing, which legislation enforcement officers say was motivated by racism, killed 10 folks and wounded three others.

“I hope I’ve been compassionate when I read and heard about previous incidents like this that have happened over the years, but I guess there’s just something markedly different when it happens in your city, to people you know,” Mr. Jacobs advised the Buffalo News on the time. “If an assault weapons ban bill came to the floor that would ban something like an AR-15, I would vote for it.” 

That assertion proved to be controversial, nonetheless. Both nationwide Republicans and conservative teams in New York have been fast to rebuke the lawmaker for his change of coronary heart. 

“‘Republican’ Chris Jacobs already caved to the gun-grabbers whose proposals won’t do a single thing to protect our families and children from criminals and murderers,” Donald Trump Jr. mentioned on social media. “He knows this but he can’t resist getting a few glowing headlines from the mainstream media.” 

The fallout grew to become worse for Mr. Jacobs as rumors of a main problem started to swirl and the New York Conservative Party, which had backed him in earlier races, pulled its support for his reelection bid. 

“We have a problem in our country in terms of both our major parties. If you stray from a party position, you are annihilated,” Mr. Jacobs mentioned. “For the Republicans, it became pretty apparent to me over the last week that that issue is gun control. Any gun control.”

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