Ban ‘assault weapons,’ go after those who don’t turn them in

Gun Laws, Politics & 2nd Amendment, Second Amendment

Swalwell estimates a national gun buyback focused on outlawed “military-style” semi-automatic rifles could run upwards of $15 billion. (Photo: LA Sheriffs department)

A California Democrat opinion on Thursday that the fix for America’s gun issue involves a ban, a buyback, and prosecution.

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell is a former Alameda County deputy district attorney and has represented the San Francisco area in Congress since 2013. In an op-ed published by USA Today on Thursday, Swallwell recalls an incident where he prosecuted the killer of a taco truck security guard, Gary Jackson, murdered by a man who ambushed him with an AK-style rifle.

“So Gary didn’t stand much chance,” says Swallwell. “First-graders and teachers in Newtown, Conn., didn’t either. Nor did dancers at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, nor concert-goers in Las Vegas, nor teenagers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Fla., nor the people at the Waffle House outside Nashville. Like so many American mass-shooting victims in recent decades, their doom was all but assured by the murderer’s tool.”

The solution as advanced by the lawmaker who serves as the co-chair of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee: a ban on “military-style semiautomatic rifles” followed by a turn-in program funded by the federal government that he says could top $15 billion. For those who do not elect to sell the feds their firearm outlawed by such a ban, Swallwell says, “we should criminally prosecute any who choose to defy it by keeping their weapons.”

Swallwell, who says, “Australia got it right,” was an original co-sponsor of H.R. 5087, the Democrat-proposed federal assault weapon ban as well as a half-dozen other gun control bills, and has spoken often on the subject of gun violence in the House. In addition to the USA Today piece, The Guardian published a similar op-ed from the former prosecutor last October in the days following the Route 91 Harvest festival shooting in Las Vegas.

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  1. soooo I turn in my ar15 and the bad guy keeps his. When the bad guy starts shooting his because he didn’t turn it in I tell him you cant shoot me because I don’t have my ar15 because I turned it in. I’m dead. thank you California. You idiots

  2. Eric Swalwell should be first in line at the door when they go to arrest someone for their refusal to be bullied by the government to “sell” their firearm. As I recall a transaction must be approved by both parties, not demanded of one by the other. Also, as this dufus should know, it is not the job of Congress to decided which of the bill of rights should be followed in law. Their job is to make damn sure that congress makes no laws that ignores the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Perhaps he should be the one being arrested.

  3. Stallwell – you are an idiot!! There is a huge difference between Australia and the United States. Australia doesn’t have gun ownership as a right on their Constitution and we do. Do your homework and thoroughly review the Constitution and the thinking behind each amendment if you can read. Stop your overt efforts to repress and restrict our constitutional rights you lousy democommie from the People’s Republic of Calicommia.

  4. I would never turn in my AR and the hell with the buy back. My rifle cost me alot of money. And I do not see the Goverment giving me $2,500.00 for my AR.

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