Eric Swalwell Digs In: Assault Weapons Ban, Buyback Plan Is Non-Negotiable

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill on July 10, 2018.
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Democrat presidential hopeful Eric Swalwell dug in Monday night, tweeting that there is no room for negotiating when it comes to his proposed “assault weapons” ban and buyback plan.

On April 4, Breitbart News quoted Swalwell saying, “We must ban and buyback assault weapons.” On April 8, he made clear that he believes there are 15 million “assault weapons” and he wants every one of them surrendered.

During an April 14 interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Swalwell confirmed that Americans would be jailed for refusing to hand over their “assault weapons,” should his ban be enacted. He did give one option that could spare a gun owner jail time; namely, that they hand their gun over to “a hunting club” or shooting range for storage. Either way, the gun owner has to give up his firearm.

And now, “polling at one percent in two polls,” Swalwell is digging in by stressing that the “assault weapons” ban and buyback plan is not negotiable.

He tweeted, “No more negotiating down on gun safety. Mass shooting after mass shooting and Washington does nothing. Yet, Americans know what we should do. Be bold. Ban and buy back the assault weapons.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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