William Floyd “Bill” Weld was two-term Republican governor of Massachusetts but in a recent interview said rifles can be weapons of mass destruction and handguns are “even worse.”
Weld, 71, is the Libertarian Party’s nominee for Vice President on a ticket led by former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson. When talking to Revolt’s Chief Political Correspondent Amrit Singh, Weld covered the ticket’s chances as a darkhorse third party this November, how the ticket compares to many of Bernie Sander’s talking points, immigration, the TPP and the war on drugs.
At about the 16:30 mark, guns came up, with Singh priming the pump by asking if AR-15’s should be available to the public.
And Weld carried the water.
“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.”
When asked about solutions to gun violence, Weld advocated against those on terror watch lists from being able to purchase firearms.
On Philando Castile, Weld blasted the officer’s training for the incident.
“Oh I think he is going to prison,” said Weld.