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2020 Gun Reform: Buyback Programs

WHAT IT IS

  • 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]

TRUMP ELECTION

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.

BIDEN ELECTION

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

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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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2020 Topics:                        

GUN CONTROL       

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