"We can sometimes hope that just changing the law will make all bad things go away. It won't," Romney told NBC's Brian Williams during a sit-down interview in London. "Changing the heart of the American people may well be what's essential, to improve the lots of the American people."
That was 2002. While he indicated the NRA's "agenda is not entirely identical with my own," he did not see the need for changes in legislation now.
"I don't happen to believe that America needs new gun laws," Romney told Williams during a discussion of the Aurora shooting. "A lot of what this young man did was clearly against the law. But the fact that it was against the law did not prevent it from happening." He said the political and legal implications “will be sorted out down the road."
All of the guns used in the attack were purchased legally and 12 movie-goers died in the massacre.