Bernie Sanders: Mandatory AR-15 Buybacks Are ‘Unconstitutional’

Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) gives his Medicare for All address at the George Washington University July 17, 2019 in Washington, DC. Sen. Sanders renewed his campaign promise from 2016 for providing a single payer system of healthcare for all Americans. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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During a campaign stop in Charles City, Iowa, Democrat presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders denounced mandatory gun buybacks as “unconstitutional.”

Fox News reports Sanders was asked about “mandatory buybacks of AR15s and AK47s,” and he responded:

I don’t support — a mandatory buyback is essentially confiscation, which I think is unconstitutional. 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.

Sanders still voiced support for an “assault weapons” ban at the federal level and observed “we need to greatly expand background checks.”

He  also called for an expansion of the list of prohibited firearm purchasers, closure of the so-called “gun show loophole,” and more regulations on straw purchasing.

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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