“If we’re able to pass mandatory buybacks and I’m able to sign that into law, then I fully expect our fellow Americans to turn in their AR-15s and their AK-47s,” the former Texas congressmansaidin a Thursday CBS News interview when asked if his policy was “too retroactive.”
O’Rourke continued his answer by saying there would be criminal consequences if people were to “persist” in holding onto their weapons.
“For anyone who does not and is caught in possession or seen in possession of one of these weapons of war — one of these instruments of terror, that weapon will be taken from them, and they will be fined. And if they should persist in continuing to use and to buy these weapons, then there will be other consequences in the criminal code.”
The Democratic presidential contender said earlier this month that under his administration,police would “visit” AR-15 ownerswho did not cooperate in turning their guns in voluntarily.
“I think there would be a visit by law enforcement to recover that firearm and to make sure that it is purchased, bought back so that it cannot potentially be used against somebody else,” O’Rourke said about the possibility that gun owners might not submit to voluntary buybacks.
He has made increased gun control the center of his presidential run, stating in last month’s debate, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”
O’Rourke has seen his stiff stance on guns receive criticism from both Republicans and many Democrats.