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DES MOINES, Iowa — A growing number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are calling for a federal gun buyback program to reduce the estimated 400 million guns owned by civilians in America — but the idea faces resistance from gun rights groups who accuse Democrats of trying to “demonize firearms.”
In the wake of the deadly El Paso and Dayton mass shootings, some in the crowded Democratic field have released plans — or voiced support — for allowing gun owners to turn over their weapons to the government and get money in return.
The article goes on to state the following:
In a recent television interview, former Vice President Joe Biden called for a “national buyback program” to get firearms “off the street.” Asked by CNN’s Anderson Cooper to respond to criticism he would be taking away people’s guns, Biden responded, “Bingo! You’re right, if you have an assault weapon.”
Former Obama administration official Julián Castro, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock are among those who have expressed support for some sort of buyback program.
The federal government must ban assault weapons and implement a buyback program to get assault weapons off the streets.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 5, 2019
Assault weapons don’t belong in our communities. Period. As president, I’ll ban these military-style weapons and institute a buyback program that gets as many as possible off our streets. https://t.co/25ie9qBiSC
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 10, 2019
That makes him the most prominent Democratic presidential candidate favoring that idea. pic.twitter.com/Rb0xsSPlav
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) August 6, 2019
Our new Plan to Disarm Hate:
✔️Prioritizes the threat of white nationalist terrorism
✔️Funds programs to prevent extremism
✔️Bans assault weapons & high-capacity magazines
✔️Creates a buyback program
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) August 9, 2019
“The people you’re most worried about – criminals – they’re either not going to turn in their #guns, or if they do, they’ll turn in some old guns, get some money, and buy a new gun,” @VolokhC tells @FoxNews re: Democrats’ proposal to buyback guns: https://t.co/BV7kkkTxAT
— UCLA School of Law (@UCLA_Law) August 13, 2019
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