O’Reilly, who has long been a proponent of gun control, said on Fox that it makes sense for Congress to pass a new law that requires the sale of all heavy weapons to be reported to the FBI. O’Reilly then invited Chaffetz on to dissent.
“Giving the FBI a master list of everybody who owns weapons in this country is not the right direction,” Chaffetz said.
“That’s not what I said, and you know it,” O’Reilly responded. “I said heavy weapons, all right? Mortars. Howitzers. Machine guns. In this age of terrorism, if you do a flight school, the FBI is alerted. But you can buy a machine gun and the FBI doesn’t know. And you think that’s responsible?”
Chaffetz told O’Reilly that it is “absolutely not true” that anyone can buy a gun without restrictions. “You can’t just buy a bazooka,” he said.