One of the Baltimore County Council's two Republicans said he is still a strong advocate for gun ownership rights despite his support for stricter gun laws called for this week by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
"It's not gun control, it's gun safety," Huff said of Kamenetz's three-point request to state and federal lawmakers. "The way Kevin presented it was pretty good."
The councilman said his appearance at the event should not be taken as support for gun control or a contradiction for someone who is "a card-carrying member of the NRA."
The county executive and Johnson Monday called for a ban on the sale of assault weapons, ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds, and ending exemptions to national background checks for private sales.
Kamenetz issued the open letter to state and federal lawmakers in the wake of a Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. The incident took the lives of 26 people including 20 children.
"I do strongly believe in the Second Amendment and the right to carry," Huff said. "I don't feel the need to have assault weapons and massive clips for mass destruction."