WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson opened fire on participants of the Republican baseball practice, injuring US Congressman Steve Scalise and four other individuals.
"I do not expect any significant action in the way of limiting the people’s right to keep firearms. In fact, I think that the assassination attempt on the Republican congressman is likely to strengthen gun rights, rather than weaken them," Black stated.
"Certainly, the Democrats will put in bills to restrict firearms but I think in most states the people are very resistant to giving up their firearms because you have mobs of people," he said.
The state senator explained that Americans value the ability to be able to defend themselves with their own firearms.
"There are areas of the United States that are very violent and so people want the ability to defend themselves. I certainly want that ability myself," Black said.
Republicans typically support private gun ownership as is permitted by the constitution, while Democrats seek to limit gun rights with laws targeting certain firearms, such as handguns.