Cory Booker: ‘If I had the power to [ban guns], I would.’

Whoa. Let’s keep that statement on file. It won’t hurt Mayor Booker much in a New Jersey Senate race, but it could come back to haunt him if he ever runs for office nationally.

Update: Here’s the video. Scroll to 24:28.

Transcript:

C-SPAN interviewer: Would you ban guns?

Booker: I am very much one that is against handguns. And I know in my urban environment, I see little to no need for guns at all. And I think that the availability of guns and the ease with which even young people can get their hands on them is just horrendous.  And I would, if I had the power to do so, I would. In fact, we’re even looking towards doing some local level  handgun legislation. I’m going to take every step I can to get guns out of the hands of those who commit crimes or those who might commit crimes.

The date of the interview was July 5, 2000. Booker was a city councilman at the time.

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