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2020 Presidential Election

2020 Gun Reform: Buyback Programs


  • A buyback program is structured where the government gives owners money or goods for their firearms.

  • Specifics of a buyback program would vary from state to state. [The New York Times

  • First program implemented in 1974 in Baltimore. [The Baltimore Sun]

  • Seven states in the U.S. have gun buyback programs. [Reuters]


President Trump opposes a mandatory buyback program.


What he's said

The Trump campaign has called Democrats a "joke" because "they will take away your guns." [The Washington Post]


Generally, President Trump has expressed opposition on worries new gun-related laws, believing it creates a "slippery slope" that could lead to a total handgun ban. [U.S. News and World Report]


President Trump is unclear on his stance on assault weapons. At times, he's favored a ban. At others, he has rejected a ban. Read more about his position here



What he's done

While in office, President Trump has not signed or supported any buyback programs or assault weapons bans.


Former Vice President opposes* a mandatory buyback program for assault weapons.


*Biden favors a ban on future assault weapon purchases. If successful, Biden would call for owners of assault weapons to register the weapon(s) or be required to sell them to the government. [Reuters]


Biden does not support a buyback program for other firearms. [Politico]



What he's said

"Individuals who now possess assault weapons or high-capacity magazines [have] two options: sell the weapons to the government, or register them under the National Firearms Act." [Joe Biden Campaign]



What he's done


Biden pledges to pass additional legislation that strengthens and patches the loopholes in the 1994 assault weapons ban. [Joe Biden Campaign]

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