Joe Biden Sidesteps Confiscation, Calls for AR-15 Registration

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 27: Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks to voters at the East Las Vegas Community Center on September 27, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Biden is still the front-runner in most national polls but his lead over U.S. Sen. Elizabeth …
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Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden released details of his “assault weapons” ban and it calls for AR-15s to be registered rather than confiscated.

This marks a stark difference between Biden and presidential hopeful Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, as the latter has made clear his plan to use a government enforced buyback to take AR-15s and AK-47s away from law-abiding Americans.

The Hill reports owners of AR-15s and similar commonly owned semiautomatic rifles would be given a choice under Biden’s plan. The choice would be to sell their guns to the government–handing them over–or to register them and register them with the ATF.

O’Rourke is pushing a “mandatory” buyback of all AR-15 and AR-47-style rifles, and he made clear his plans to use fines to compel compliance with the ban.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation reports there are 16 million-plus privately owned AR-15s in the U.S.

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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