2020 CANDIDATE SWALWELL: ‘2nd Amendment Rights Aren’t Absolute’

‘I’m no longer intimidated by the NRA….’

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(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., suggested that Second Amendment rights are not “absolute,” arguing there must be limits to what kind of guns citizens can lawfully own.

“Keep your pistols, keep your long rifles, keep your shotguns,” Swalwell told CNN on Sunday. “But I want the most dangerous weapons, these weapons of war, out of the hands of the most dangerous people. But when it comes to what else we can do, because I don’t even suggest this is all we can do, I also want background checks. So do 73 percent of NRA members.”

“The greatest threat to the Second Amendment is doing nothing. The Second Amendment is not an absolute right,” he continued. “Just like free speech, you can’t shout fire in a theater or lie about the products you are selling.

“You can’t own a bazooka. You can’t own a tank. You can’t own rocket-propelled grenades. We should put some limits in place, and I think the American people are with me. I’m no longer intimidated by the NRA. The moms and the kids, they’re behind us on this issue. And I think it just takes leadership in Washington.”

Swalwell has made gun control the key policy issue of his presidential campaign ever since he announced his long-shot bid for the Democratic nomination in early April.

Last year, he proposed a ban on “possession of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons.”

Under this plan, Americans who don’t agree to sell the government their military-style weapons could face jail time.

Gun owners could continue to own pistols, rifles, and shotguns, but they would have to go through additional background checks.

“What’s the punishment for people who don’t hand in their guns? Do they go to jail?” CNN host Jake Tapper asked Swalwell.

“Well, Jake, they would,” Swalwell replied. “And the reason I have proposed this is because these weapons are so devastating. 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.”