Washington, DC – Several of the top people in President Joe Biden’s administration – including Vice President Kamala Harris – want mandatory gun buybacks and have said they support seizing so-called “assault weapons.”
President Joe Biden has called for voluntary gun buyback programs and forcing weapons owners to register “assault weapons” under the National Firearms Act, FOX News reported.
Vice President Harris has said she would support mandatory gun buybacks that would force Americans to surrender certain weapons in exchange for money, Bloomberg reported.
“I think it’s a good idea,” she said when asked about mandatory buybacks.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Deputy Chief of Staff Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, and Cedric Richmond, director of the Office of Public Engagement, all said before they were hired that they supported forcing U.S. citizens to surrender some firearms, FOX News reported.
“That’s something I would not rule out. These are weapons of mass destruction,” Richmond said in 2019 when he was asked about mandatory buybacks.
He was a congressman from Louisiana at the time he made the remarks, according to FOX News.
“So if it is a buyback, then I’m all for it,” Richmond explained. “If it’s a mandatory buyback, I think then you may run into some complications, but the thought of it does not offend me, and it sounds like something I could support.”
The White House press secretary jumped on board the Beto O’Rourke gun confiscation train during the campaign, FOX News reported.
“Hell yes, we are going to take your AR-15, AK-47,” O’Rourke said during one of the Democratic presidential debates.
Then-Presidential candidate O’Rourke also pledged to send police door-to-door to confiscate guns.
Psaki enthusiastically tweeted her support for O’Rourke’s gun confiscation plan, FOX News reported.
“Thank you @BetoORourke take guns,” Psaki tweeted. “Please. No one needs an assault weapon. This is a crisis.”
Thank you @BetoORourke take guns. Please. No one needs an assault weapon. This is a crisis.
— Jen Psaki (@jrpsaki) September 13, 2019
O’Malley Dillon actually worked for the O’Rourke campaign and extolled the virtues of mandatory buybacks on multiple occasions, FOX News reported.
“We are actually the only campaign with a plan… that supports mandatory buybacks of weapons of war,” she said in a video during the campaign. “An assault weapon ban is very important and we need to have it. But that only takes weapons of war off the streets in the future. It does nothing for weapons of war that are currently out there and I think there’s 15 or 16 million.”
The Biden administration confirmed that President Biden’s stance on voluntary gun buybacks and firearms registration has not changed, but refused to answer questions about whether a mandatory buyback plan was in the cards, FOX News reported.
Vice President Harris has warned that President Biden hasn’t ruled out taking executive action on gun control but said Democrats would have to pass corresponding legislation in order to make anti-gun measures stick.
The two gun control measures passed by the U.S. House and pending before the Senate do not include a ban on “assault weapons,” according to FOX News.
President Biden said much the same thing when he used the mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado to call for a ban on “assault weapons” on Tuesday.
“As president I’m going to use all the resources at my disposal to keep people safe,” he said.
Then the President called for a ban on assault-style weapons like the AR-15-style pistol used by the gunman in Boulder, and a ban on high-capacity magazines, NBC News reported.
“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future, and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act,” President Biden said.
“We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines once again,” the President said. “I got that done when I was a senator. It passed. It was the law for the longest time. And it brought down these mass killings. We should do it again.”
“We can close the loopholes in our background check system – including the Charleston loophole,” he continued. “That’s one of the best tools we have right now to prevent gun violence.”
Then President Biden called on the Senate to pass the two anti-gun House bills.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) has promised that the Senate will take up the gun control legislation for votes but NBC News reported that he doesn’t have the 10 GOP votes needed to override a filibuster.
“And, and we can save lives, increasing the background checks that are supposed to occur, eliminate assault weapons, and the size of magazines – don’t know all the detail on that yet. But I’ll be talking to you more later today or in the next couple of days about what else we know,” the President promised.
One of the Democrats’ proposed gun control measures would require background checks for nearly all gun purchases, including those transactions that involved unlicensed or private sellers, NBC News reported.
The other bill was written to close the “Charleston loophole” that allowed the sale of gun to happen if the background checks were finished in three days.
The proposed legislation would expand the review period to 10 days, according to NBC News.
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) pointed to the fact that the city of Boulder had banned assault-style rifles back in 2018, NBC News reported.
However, a court blocked the ban 10 days ago.