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Bernie Sanders: Mandatory Gun Buybacks Are Essentially Confiscation, Which I Think Is Unconstitutional

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told people at a rally on Nov. 11 that forcing Americans to give up legally purchased firearms is against the U.S. Constitution.

“A mandatory buyback is essentially confiscation, which I think is unconstitutional. It means that Im going to walk into your house and take something whether you like it or not. I dont think that stands up to constitutional scrutiny,” Sanders, 78, one of the leading Democratic presidential contenders, said during the Iowa rally.

An unidentified voter told Sanders that “gun violence is an incredibly complex, large epidemic in our country” and asked him what his “plan is to combat this epidemic” before inquiring about the so-called mandatory buybacks for AR-15s and AK-47s that other Democratic candidates have suggested.

While Sanders has pushed a number of gun control proposals, including a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” he pushed back against the notion of mandatory buybacks.

While some gun control advocates have said confiscation isnt the goal, former Rep. Beto ORourke (D-Texas) said “Hell yes” when asked during a debate if hed seize guns if elected president. He later said police officers would visit homes to confiscate legally-purchased guns if a ban on some guns passed.

Critics note that “mandatory buybacks” is an odd term because people dont buy guns from the government.

While ORourke has since dropped out of the presidential race, other Democratic contenders have expressed support for confiscating guns.

Cory Booker says he might drop out
Cory Booker says he might drop out
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) flips veggie burgers at the Polk County Democrats Steak Fry, in Des Moines, Iowa on Sept. 21, 2019. Hes among the Democratic presidential candidates who support confiscating guns. (Nati Harnik/AP Photo)

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said in May that he supports legislation that would see Americans get imprisoned if they were caught with assault weapons if a bill was passed for a buyback program.

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