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October 25, 2014

Nolan: ‘You don’t need assault weapon to kill a duck’

Minnesota’s newest member of Congress, DFL Rep. Rick Nolan, called for stricter gun control and a curb on money in politics in a national television appearance.

Nolan hit the Sunday morning political talk show circuit with a stop on the “Face The Nation,” and said assault weapons should be banned.

“I grew up in northeastern Minnesota in the forests and lakes, and I was, like, 19 or 20 before I had my first chicken and roast beef,” Nolan said. “I’m a hunter. I believe in second amendment rights. But you know what? I don’t need an assault weapon to shoot a duck. And I think they ought to be banned. And I think we need to put a ban on the amount of shells you can carry in a magazine. And I think we have to strengthen our background checks.”

Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., offered a counter view, saying he “can’t support anything that violates any of the amendments in the Bill of Rights, and I do not believe that impeding on people’s right to bear arms is the right answer.” Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., declined to say if he’d support an assault weapons ban. “The framework is what’s important – How are we going to protect the most vulnerable people in our society?”

Nolan is returning to Congress three decades after his last stint in the U.S. House, and “Face the Nation” host Bob Schiefer asked him what Congress has been doing wrong since he left. Nolan said there’s far too much money in politics, adding that the $20 million raised in his own race was “toxic” and “obscene.” He decried the fact that lawmakers are expected to spend 30 hours a week raising money for their campaigns.

Nolan said lawmakers ought to spend more time working together, noting that lawmakers worked just 32 weeks of last year, compared to 48 when he was first in the House.

“Have a process where things evolve, and there’s cooperation, collaboration, compromise, we get to know each other,” Nolan said.

Watch the segment, which also included Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.: