Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is continuing her war against gun owners and the NRA, appearing on CNN to talk about gun policies she’d enact if she were President. On CNN today, Gillibrand told host Poppy Harlow that she supports a gun buyback and also says she’s open to the possibility of prosecuting Americans who don’t hand “assault style” weapons over to the government.
“I think we should ban assault weapons as well as large magazines, and as part of passing that ban, do a buyback program across the country so that those who own them can be compensated for their money that they spent,” Gillibrand said. “But I think both of those ideas are strong.”
She continued, “You don’t want people to retain them 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 so that you can make sure that people who shouldn’t have access to these weapons couldn’t have them.”
“The point is, you don’t want people using assault weapons, and so the point is if you are arrested for using an assault weapon, you’re going to have an aggravated felony. I mean, 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,” she said.
She then went on to attack the NRA, as she usually does, despite having a positive history with them when she was first running for office.
“I believe we need to absolutely pass universal background checks as well as a federal anti-gun trafficking law,” 2020 presidential candidate @SenGillibrand tells @PoppyHarlowCNN. https://t.co/9EaZJc2lzV pic.twitter.com/lLyWbv6oHs
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