Elon Musk revealed a mixed stance on proposed gun control measures following the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas – calling for tighter background check requirements even as he defended the need for the Second Amendment.
The billionaire Tesla boss said in emails to CNBC that he supports “tight background checks” as a prerequisite for all gun sales.
He also suggested imposing limits on the sale of assault weapons so that only those in specific circumstances, such as gun range owners and people living in a “high risk location, like gang warfare” can buy them.
At the same time, Musk backed the Second Amendment – arguing the Constitutional amendment is a necessary check against political tyranny.
“I strongly believe that the right to bear arms is an important safeguard against potential tyranny of government. Historically, maintaining their power over the people is why those in power did not allow public ownership of guns,” Musk told the outlet.
Musk weighed in after teen gunman Salvador Ramos’ rampage left at least 19 children and two adults dead and sparked outrage among gun control proponents who argue stricter laws for firearm ownership are necessary to prevent future mass shootings.
Ramos legally purchased the two rifles purportedly used in the attack at a local gun store, according to multiple reports.
Musk elaborated on his view of necessary reforms for purchases of assault weapons on Twitter.
“Assault rifles should at minimum require a special permit, where the recipient is extremely well vetted imo,” Musk said.
This is an excerpt from the New York Post.
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