Gillibrand: Ban 'Assault Weapons' And Enforce Mandatory Buy Back Program

Eric Schaffer | August 15, 2019
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Kirsten Gillibrand, who is polling at a whopping… 0.6 percent in the RCP Average, is trying with all her might to get the coveted 0.7 percent. 

In a CNN segment, anchor Poppy Harlow asked Gillibrand, since she endorsed a ban on assault weapons, if she would then endorse a mandatory buyback program for said firearms. 

"I think we should ban assault weapons as well as large magazines. As part of passing that ban, do a buyback program across the country so that those who own them can be compensated for the money they spent," Gillibrand said. “You don’t want people to retain [these firearms]. Because, if you make them illegal, you don’t want to grandfather in all the assault weapons that are all across America. You would like people to sell them back to the government.”

And then came the question of truth: what happens if people don’t freely give up their firearms? Poppy Harlow asked just that, positting if Gillibrand would support prosecute those who refuse to relinquish their firearms.

"So the point is, if you are arrested for using an assault weapon, you're going to have an aggravated felony," the embattled Democratic candidate said. "The whole point is when you make it a crime to own an assault weapon, then if you are found using it, that would be the issue. So it would just be part of your law enforcement in terms of what you have access to."