Sen. Ron Johnson on Monday criticized Donald Trump's call for a temporary ban on foreign Muslims entering the United States.
In a radio interview , the Wisconsin Republican, who is in a tough re-election battle against former Sen. Russ Feingold whom he unseated in 2010, said there was a difference between Islamic terror groups and Muslims in general, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
"The best way to prevent the homegrown, inspired attacks is literally positive engagement with Muslim communities," Johnson told Green Bay, Wisconsin, talk radio host Jerry Bader.
As for more gun laws, Johnson said there needs to be a balance between security and constitutional liberties.
"The people that are proposing banning assault weapons, well, first of all they're already banned," he said. "Assault weapon is a fully automatic, those are already banned."
Johnson also responded to criticism that his statement released after the Sunday shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, did not mention that LGBT people were targeted.
"When you slaughter Americans, I don't care what their background is, every American citizen has a constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," he said.