Debate moderator Chuck Todd of MSNBC asked McAuliffe if he still supported the ban, as well as universal background checks and limiting the size of ammunition magazines
"I haven’t changed my mind," McAuliffe said, acknowledging that the question was "pertinent" in the wake of the recent mass shootings.
McAuliffe added that as governor, he would push for universal background checks.
"I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment," he added. "I’m a hunter. I own guns. I’ve gone through background checks. They take just a couple minutes."