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Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) said Sunday he was “skeptical” of an assault weapons ban, believing the restrictions on certain semi-automatic guns focused too intently on the cosmetic qualities of the firearms.

“I’m skeptical,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I’m leaning against simply because what I want to focus on is the functionality, not the looks.”

King noted that under the bill, small changes that did not affect the killing power of certain rifles could move the weapons from what was permissible to illegal under the proposed legislation.