MIAMI, FL–California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell has touted his plan for mandatory “buybacks” of firearms on the presidential campaign trail but when asked about a few details of his proposal, Swalwell came up empty.
The California Democrat would not specify if he would support, as part of his buyback proposal, sending law enforcement to individuals’ homes to confiscate firearms. Instead, Swalwell would only say law enforcement would be exempted from giving up their firearms.
“Law enforcement officers are exempted from any buyback. We don’t want our police to be outgunned.”
Swalwell talked about his mandatory buyback plan on the debate stage Thursday night.
“Keep your pistols, keep your rifles, keep your shotguns, but we can take the most dangerous weapons from the most dangerous people,” he said.
He later went on to say, “We don’t have to live this way. We must be a country who loves our children more than we love our guns.”
Other candidates on stage, like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, gave their own gun control proposals ranging from “universal background checks” to banning the sale and distribution of so-called “assault weapons.”
California Sen. Kamala Harris said Swalwell’s plan was “great,” but doubted Congress would pass such legislation.
“I will give the United States Congress 100 days to pull their act together, bring all these good ideas together and put a bill on my desk for signature,” Harris said. “And if they do not, I will take executive action, and I will put in place the most comprehensive background check policy we’ve had.”
South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, said, “As somebody who trained on weapons of war, I can tell you that there are weapons that have absolutely no place in American cities or neighborhoods in peacetime. Ever.”
He added, “If more guns made us safer, we would be the safest country on Earth. It doesn’t work that way.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden said his smart gun plan should be imposed on every firearm sold in the United States.
“We should have smart guns. No gun should be able to be sold unless your biometric measure could pull that trigger. It’s within our right to do that; we can do that,” he said.