As Americans continue purchasing firearms in record numbers, anti-gun congressman Eric Swalwell is out with a new opinion piece calling for a ban and “buyback” of millions of legally-owned firearms, claiming that the measure wouldn’t violate the Constitution and would only cost a “pittance” in financial terms (though his proposed $17-billion price tag seems pretty steep to me, given the fact that it do far more to turn legal gun owners into criminals than it would to stop criminal acts of violence).
Swalwell’s claims are likely go over like a fart in church (or on live television) with most gun owners, but the California Democrat’s proposal could easily become a reality if Joe Biden wins the White House in November, because the Swalwell gun ban plan is almost identical to the one proposed by the Democratic presidential candidate.
My bill builds upon assault weapon bans that have been introduced previously in Congress, defining assault weapons in the same way. But it would not “grandfather in” weapons already in circulation; instead, after a period in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives would develop a price, ATF would buy back the banned guns from people or businesses. All guns bought back would be destroyed.
Owners would have two years in which to sell their weapons in the buyback program; after that, the possession, sale and transfer of these banned assault weapons would become illegal and subject to criminal prosecution. The bill contains exceptions for law enforcement, and allows citizens to possess these weapons at hunting/shooting clubs.