NEW YORK – Republican Rep. Chris Jacobs announced Friday that he will not run for another term in Congress because of his support for new gun control measures.
Jacobs, who represents parts of western New York, including the Buffalo suburb, told reporters he had decided to step down rather than face an “incredibly divisive election” for a federal ban on assault weapons.
“The last thing we need is an incredibly negative, half-truth-filled media attack funded by millions of dollars in special interest money flowing into our community around this issue of guns and gun violence and gun control,” he said loudly footage of his announcement.
Last week, as the nation mourned fatal shootings at a Texas elementary school and a convenience store in Buffalo, Jacobs said he would vote for a federal ban on assault weapons and other measures if given the opportunity. His comments sparked angry backlash from conservatives, who have refused to consider new gun control laws to try to stem the violence.
“I want to be completely transparent about where I stand in Congress. If an Assault Weapons Ban bill came on the table that would ban something like an AR-15, I would vote in favor of it,” Jacobs said loudly spectrum news 1.
He also advocated limiting magazine capacity, said he plans to write legislation banning body armor for civilians, and said he thinks it would be “perfectly reasonable” to raise the age limit for buying semi-automatic weapons to 21 .
Jacobs currently represents New York’s 27th congressional district but ran for the newly drawn 23rd district, which includes large swathes of new voters, including rural counties.
Gerard Kassar, leader of the New York State Conservative Party, welcomed Jacobs’ decision in a statement, saying the party had been “stunned” by Jacob’s “recent stance on Second Amendment rights, a position far outside the mainstream of the Republican Party.” . the Conservative Party and NY 23 voters.”
“We agree that it is in the best interests of all three – and Congressman Jacobs himself – that he refrain from running for re-election and return to civilian life. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” he said.
Republicans have largely ignored President Joe Biden’s pleas to support new measures to tackle gun violence, although polls show most US adults believe mass shootings would happen less often if guns were harder to come by and support legislation , which would restrict access to weapons or ammunition. But the numbers are very partisan, with the vast majority of Republicans disagreeing.
Prior to his comments, Jacobs was considered a slight favorite to win the seat, which drew keen interest from rival Republicans including Buffalo developer Carl Paladino, best known for his pugnacious campaign for governor in 2010. New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, a member of the GOP leadership and a rising star in the party, endorsed Paladino shortly after Jacobs’ announcement.
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