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Swalwell Envisions Jail Time for Those Who Defy his “Assault Weapons” Ban

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Well, I guess it’s better than getting nuked.

Democrat presidential candidate Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA) suggested jail time for those who don’t wish to comply with his plan to ban “assault weapons.”

Newsbusters points out that on Sunday, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked the congressman about a May 2018 op-ed he wrote which proposes banning “military style semiautomatic assault rifles,” buying them back from owners and then criminally prosecuting those who don’t comply.

Tapper said to the congressman, “Criminal prosecution for keeping assault weapons. What’s the punishment for people who don’t hand in their guns? Do they go to jail?”

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Swalwell responds, “Well, Jake, they would, but I also offer an alternative, which would be to keep them at a hunting club or a shooting range. And the reason I have proposed this is because these weapons are so devastating. I have seen this as a prosecutor in the cases that I’ve prosecuted. We have seen these in the school shootings, from Sandy Hook to Parkland. And I was just at Parkland earlier this week doing a town hall there.

But it’s not just the violence that they have caused. It’s the fear, the immeasurable fear, that our children live in, because they are still on our streets. I want to get rid of that fear. I want to do what Australia did and New Zealand just recently did. I think this issue just needs some bold leadership to do it.”

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