Gary Johnson was asked what he’d do about the AR-15 — here’s how he responded YouTube/Rare Media

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson and his running mate Bill Weld were on hand for a town hall hosted by CNN on Wednesday night and one of the questions posed by an audience member had to do with guns in America.

The questioner Eddie Moye, a possible Hillary Clinton voter, asked Johnson what he would do about semi-automatic rifles. He named the AR-15 and the AK-47.

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“Do you think that civilians in the United States should be allowed to purchase and own semi-automatic weapons like AK-47s or AR-15s?” Moye asked.

Here’s how Johnson responded.

“Well, right now that is a category of weapon that encompasses 30 million weapons — the semi-automatic,” he said. “Let’s just say we passed a law that outlawed semi-automatic rifles. I think that maybe you would have half of those rifles turned in and the other half of those rifles would be owned by law abiding citizens that are now going to become criminals.”

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“I think it’s a misunderstood issue,” he continued. “There are no automatic rifles currently allowed for sale. That went away decades ago.”

Moderator Anderson Cooper then asked if Johnson would change anything about the availability of the semi-automatic rifle if he were to become president and Johnson said no.

You can watch the clip above.

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