Lindsey Graham bought an AR-15 because he fears 'gangs' coming to South Carolina after a natural disaster
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) insisted on Sunday that he needs an AR-15 assault-style rifle to prepare for "gangs" that might attack him following a natural disaster.

While interviewing Graham on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked the senator about a push from Democrats to enact a new assault weapons ban following two recent mass shootings.

"I would challenge [Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer] to bring the assault weapons ban to the floor of the United States Senate," Graham told Wallace. "It won't get 50 votes, much less 60."

"I own an AR-15," he continued. "If there's a natural disaster in South Carolina where the cops can't protect my neighborhood, my house will be the last ones that the gangs will come to because I can defend myself."

Graham added: "You don't have to have an AR-15 but if you have one lawfully, I think you should be allowed to keep it."

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