Schumer: Assault Weapon 'Would Not Help' Single Women Living Next to Crack House

By Melanie Arter | January 21, 2013 | 10:51 AM EST

President Obama and Sen. Charles Schumer, New York Democrat. (AP Photo)

( Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), in an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, said a single woman living next to a crack house has the right to keep a gun in her house – she doesn’t need an assault weapon.

“Now, I agree with Ted. There’s a right to bear arms. I want to see that lady, if she wants to have a firearm in her house, have it. And I think those of us in the pro-gun safety movement should accept the Heller decision and say there’s a constitutional right to arms, and it’s no less important than the right to free speech, the right against search and seizure,” Schumer said.

“But Heller also said that there should be reasonable limitations. They’re allowed reasonable limitations. I don’t think that lady needs an assault weapon. I don’t think she needs a hundred round clip. I don’t think, for instance, that those things would help her in any way. And so to say she has a right to bear arms – yes,” Schumer said.

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“To say, just like on the First Amendment, we say you can’t scream fire in a crowded theater falsely. We have anti-pornography laws. We have anti-libel laws. There are reasonable limitations, and some in the pro-gun movement and the NRA in many instances doesn’t believe in any limitation at all. That is not unconstitutional. That just is dumb,” Schumer added.

Schumer referenced comments that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made earlier on “Meet the Press.”

“If you’re talking to a single woman living in Anacostia, who has the misfortune to live next to a crack house to tell her she doesn’t have the right to keep and bear arms, I think is fundamentally wrong,” Cruz said.