The following audio was secretly recorded at a meet-and-greet for Republican House of Delegates candidate Mary Margaret Kastelberg (HD73 – Henrico County), and provided to me the other day by a source. The person who recorded it says:
“I think this is of some interest because in it [Kastelberg] is way more pro-gun than she is in her ad that came out just a few weeks later. The temperature in the room dropped noticeably when she told the nice grandmotherly Republican lady that she didn’t want to ban assault weapons and deprive people of their rights. She also said, in response to a question concerning the horrible results of the repeal of the one-gun-a-month law that gun-running could be stopped by the enforcement of interstate commerce laws.
In particular, check out at the beginning of the audio, where an elderly woman asks Kastelberg about cracking down on “assault rifles.” Kastelberg and the questioner have a bit of back and forth, in which Kastelberg says she “doesn’t know” if limiting “assault rifles” would make any difference in reducing gun violence. When the elderly woman asks if keeping these weapons off the streets wouldn’t lower the number of victims, Kastelberg responds “well you would hope, but do you want to take rights away from folks who are law-abiding citizens?”