TX – GUN POLITICS – Police Groups Slam Beto’s Strategy to Send Cops to Gather Americans’ Guns

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TX – GUN POLITICS – Police Groups Slam Beto’s Strategy to Send
Cops to Gather Americans’ Guns

National law enforcement organizations harshly criticized Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s program to send police officers to gather AR-15s and AK-47s from these who refuse to turn them in beneath his mandatory buyback scheme. In interviews with the Washington Free Beacon, leaders from groups representing hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officers described Beto’s gun confiscation program as “ridiculous,” “asinine,” and most likely unconstitutional. Their comments come right after Beto told MSNBC on Wednesday that he would send “law enforcement to recover” firearms from these who would not comply with his acquire-back program. O’Rourke vividly described the program at September’s Democratic major debate, declaring that “hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.” A leader of the National Fraternal Order of Police—the nation’s biggest police union, representing far more than 330,000 sworn law-enforcement officers—said that not only was Beto’s program unlikely to be constitutional but that Beto himself was unlikely to ever be elected. “Mr. O’Rourke may possibly not be conscious that state and regional police officers (who comprise far more than 90% of all police in the U.S.) acquire their orders from their regional jurisdictions – not from the Federal government,” Jim Pasco, executive director of the FOP, wrote in an e mail to the Free Beacon. “Further, any such legislation, if it passed, would no doubt be vigorously litigated with a view to its apparent inconsistency with the Second Amendment.”  [full article]

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