Brandon Wayne is from Florida, and a self-proclaimed "responsible gun owner" and a former officer in the Active Duty Army.
He penned this message on gun control in a Facebook post that's now been shared over 2,000 times.
Wayne says he owns several types of guns, including a "higher end ... rifle with 'military grade' elements." He explains how the semi-automatic elements work:
After saying he doesn't "need" this machinery — but "wants" it – he also acknowledges it has a controversial place in the recent conversations surrounding firearms in America:
He then raised these questions about owning assault rifles, alluding to the assault in Orlando.
Wayne ended his Facebook post saying if "the laws change" and his assault rifle becomes illegal to own, "I would turn it in."
Wayne has received both compassion and harsh criticism for his thoughts on the divisive issue. He wants to "remind his detractors that we are part of a communal society, and that insular thinking is a way that society breaks down."
Tanya Chen is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in New York.
Contact Tanya Chen at email@example.com.
Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.