Bernie Sanders says mandatory gun buyback ‘unconstitutional’

November 12, 2019 - 7:58 am

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders distanced himself from a handful of 2020 presidential candidates on the issue of gun control over the weekend; saying mandatory firearm buybacks are “unconstitutional” and “essentially confiscation.”

“I don’t support — a mandatory buyback is essentially confiscation, which I think is unconstitutional,” said Bernie on the campaign trail in Iowa. “It means that I am going to walk into your house and take something whether you like it or not. I don’t think that stands up to constitutional scrutiny.”

“We cannot allow the NRA to dictate policy because they’ve intimidated (President) Trump and they’ve intimidated the Republican party,” he added. “I’m not going to be intimidated by them.”

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