Bernie Sanders Admits Mandatory Gun Buybacks are ‘Essentially Confiscation’ and ‘Unconstitutional’

Monica Sanchez | November 12, 2019
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2020 Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders during a town hall event in Iowa admitted what his colleagues fail to mention: that mandatory gun buyback programs are “essentially confiscation,” which he says he believes is “unconstitutional.”

Departing from his Democratic colleagues who support mandatory or voluntary buyback programs if not outright seizure of guns from law abiding citizens, Sanders said that he doesn’t believe mandatory gun buybacks “[stand] up to constitutional scrutiny.”

"A mandatory buyback is essentially confiscation which I think is unconstitutional,” said the Vermont senator. “It means I am going to walk in your house and take something whether you like it or not. I don’t think that stands up to constitutional scrutiny.”

He said that, if elected, he does plan to fight back against the NRA lobbyists and ban so-called "assault weapons." 

“We cannot allow the NRA to dictate policy because they’ve intimidated [President] Trump and they’ve intimidated the Republican party," said Sanders. "I’m not going to be intimidated by them.”