Rep.-elect Chris Stewart (R-UT) on Thursday signaled that he is open to some gun control measures and called the proposal to arm educators "a bad idea," according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
“Most of these teachers have no interest or no background that would give them any comfort at all being the primary source of defense,” Stewart said.
Stewart, who won by a huge margin this year in Utah's 2nd Congressional District, also expressed skepticism toward the National Rifle Association's call for armed guards in schools across the country.
“A lot of people are not comfortable having armed guards at grade schools,” Stewart said.
Stewart said he would oppose any ban or restriction on handguns or other weapons, but is open to a discussion on high-capacity gun magazines.
“I would consider looking at some of the larger magazines and other things if it gave us an opportunity to talk about the other things as well,” Stewart said. “Let’s talk about the big picture.”