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California adopts nation’s broadest gun seizure law

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed into law15 gun-related bills to tighten the state’s already-stringent Second Amendment restrictions, Among them, one expands a “red flag” law to allow co-workers, employers and educators to seek gun violence restraining orders against firearms owners they fear are a danger to themselves and others.

While several states have similar “red flag’ laws in place, California’s new legislation is broader and will allow not only law enforcement and family members to file for gun violence restraining orders, but also educators, employers and co-workers. This, according to the bill’s author, Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco.

“With school and workplace shootings on the rise, it’s common sense to give the people we see every day the power to intervene and prevent tragedies,” Ting said, adding that the expansion should allow more awareness and give others the opportunity to act.

Co-workers who want to request a gun violence restraining order will have to have “substantial and regular interactions” with gun owners, and co-workers and school employees will need to get approval from their employers or school administrators before seeking a restraining order.

Those seeking the orders will be required to file sworn statements detailing their reasons for doing so.

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) opposed the bill, saying it “poses a significant threat to civil liberties” because a restraining order can be sought before a gun owner has an opportunity to dispute the request.

Additionally, those making a request under the new law may “lack the relationship or skills required to make an appropriate assessment,” the ACLU said.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) and its state affiliate, the California Rifle and Pistol Association, opposed the new restrictions, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The law will take effect Jan. 1, 2020.

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Newsom signed another measure that will allow gun violence restraining orders to last between one and five years. It allows judges to issue search warrants simultaneous with the granting of a restraining order.

Gun owners will be able to petition to have the restrictions lifted sooner.

The Democratic governor also signed a law that will limit Californians to purchasing one long rifle per month, according to The Sacramento Bee.

This law expands the current legislation that applies to handguns, and it will prevent people under 21 from purchasing semi-automatic rifles and other similar firearms.

The collective measures “tweak” the state’s current laws and “improve implementation,” according to Amanda Wilcox, spokeswoman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

“California has outperformed the rest of the nation, because of our gun safety laws, in reducing the gun murder rate substantially compared to the national reduction,” Newsom said as he signed the legislation. “No state does it as well or comprehensively as the state of California, and we still have a long way to go.”

Between 1993 and 2017, there was a 62 percent decline in California’s gun murder rate, nearly double the national 34 percent, according to Newsom.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Beto O’Rourke confronted by woman on illegal immigration, Second Amendment: ‘Hands off our guns’

A woman took 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke to task over illegal immigration and his push for the government to confiscate some guns, at a Phoenix town hall Sunday.

“Hands off our guns, Beto,” the woman said at The Churchill open-air food court. “You’re not getting our guns. The AR-15 is no more deadly than my Ruger .45.”

The woman referred to a statement O’Rourke made during the Democrats’ third primary debate on Sept. 12 when asked if he would support a mandatory buyback of assault-style weapons.

“Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore,” the former congressman from El Paso, Texas, said.

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The Democrats’ presidential primary debate on the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston on Sept. 12. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

His viral “hell yes’ statement prompted one woman to speak up at a Colorado campaign event later.

“Hell, no, you’re not,” Lauren Boebert told O’Rourke.

“Shame on him for coming to Colorado to expound upon our tragedies,” Boebert said at the time, reportedly referring to a 2012 shooting that killed 12 people and injured more than 50. “Those are our victims, and he came here to paint a picture for his own campaign trail and really, shame on you, sir, for doing that.”

On Sunday, the unidentified Arizona woman also took aim at O’Rourke’s stance on illegal immigration.

“I notice that you pander a lot to the illegal aliens and encouraging illegal immigration,” she said. The crowd started to boo, and O’Rourke told them to “let her speak.”

“We are a nation of laws, and I just think it’s a slap in the face to every legal immigrant who has waited and paid and played by the rules to immigrate to this country, and who have respected our country, our land, our citizens, our laws,” the woman continued, “and who have gone through the process.”

She continued, “To just say ‘everybody is welcome here, you all get free stuff and just come on over the border’ is, again, a slap in the face to every legal immigrant like my mother who has come here legally.”

The crowd started shouting at the woman before O’Rouke responded, taking the opportunity to address immigration rather than gun confiscation.

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“Listen, on this much we can agree: There should be a safe, legal, orderly, quick path to come here to join family, to work a job, to be able to go to school, to flee persecution or, in some countries, death,” he said. “I want to work with you to make sure our immigration and asylum laws achieve that purpose.”

“But, what is a slap in the face to my conscience and the best traditions of this country is taking kids from their parents and putting them in cages,” O’Rourke continued.

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“We in this country have lost the lives of seven children in our custody and in our care. There are tens of thousands waiting on the other side of the border in an Orwellian-named migrant protection protocol […] — vulnerable, penniless, frightened,” he said. “They’re being preyed upon [by] those who exploit [people] who have no defense left.”

O’Rourke added, “If immigration is a problem, it is the best possible problem this country could have. I want those asylum seekers here in this country. I want us to live according to our conscience, to our laws, to our commitments and to the best, boldest, brightest future we could possibly have.”

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He concluded, “Those immigrants pose no threat to you or me. Stop trafficking in these lies.”

Fox News’ Madeleine Rivera in Phoenix and Sam Dorman contributed to this report.

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Beto O’Rourke’s gun confiscation rhetoric could doom political future in Texas

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Beto O’Rourke’s hard-left turn on gun confiscation in the Democratic presidential primary may play well with liberal primary voters across the country – but the former congressman could also be hurting his political future in Texas should he someday choose to run statewide again.

O’Rourke, who nearly won a Senate seat in Texas in 2018 against incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, declared in a primary debate earlier this month, “Hell yes, we are going to take your AR-15.”

That’s in contrast to what O’Rourke’s said in the 2018 race, when the Democrat sought to appeal to the gun-friendly state by repeatedly telling Texans, “If you own an AR-15, keep it.” (He also said during that race that he didn’t want more such weapons sold.)

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In the wake of multiple recent mass shootings, including in his hometown of El Paso, O’Rourke has proposed forcing AR-15 owners to turn in their guns through a mandatory buyback program.

The NRA says that Americans own over 15 million AR-15s, and that they are the most popular rifle in America for training and home defense.

O’Rourke’s campaign is now selling T-shirts featuring his “hell yes” gun confiscation slogan.

Cruz mocked O’Rourke’s shift last week, noting that in 2018 he warned that O’Rourke wanted to “take our guns,” yet fact-checker PolitiFact rated that claim “false.”

“PolitiFact — you non-partisan sexy thing you — so … did you buy Beto’s shirt?” Cruz joked on Twitter.

Texas political activists assert that O’Rourke can’t win in Texas anymore with these positions.

“O’Rourke’s ‘hell yes’ to gun confiscation demonstrates how little he knows about Texans and rifles,” said JoAnn Fleming, the executive director of Grassroots America, We the People PAC, a conservative group in Texas. “By shooting off his mouth, Beto managed to end his political career in Texas, while driving up rifle sales.”

O’Rourke’s rhetoric on guns has not picked up much support from his former colleagues in Congress. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, who is negotiating with Senate Republicans on expanding background checks and possibly creating “red flag” laws, pushed back on the mandatory buyback idea.

“I don’t know of any other Democrat who agrees with Beto O’Rourke,” Schumer told reporters from upstate New York, according to the Times Union.

But O’Rourke hit back at Schumer in a fundraising email, pointing out that most Democrats nationally agree with him.

“With respect to the minority leader, a recent Monmouth University poll found that nearly 70 percent of Democrats support Beto’s mandatory buyback of assault weapons,” O’Rourke’s fundraising email said.

O’Rourke entered the Democratic race to great fanfare this year, but has struggled in the polls. Some Democrats have suggested he set his sights on a 2020 bid for the Senate, and not the White House.

Even some liberal writers have acknowledged that O’Rourke’s gun policies could hurt him in Texas.

“Beto is no longer a viable candidate for the Senate in Texas, thanks to his gun confiscation comment,” German Lopez, a writer for Vox, wrote on Twitter.

For his part, O’Rourke has been adamant that he no longer wants a Texas Senate seat, despite past pressure from some Texas Democrats and news outlets to drop his long-shot presidential bid and compete for Republican Sen. John Cornyn’s seat instead.

“There have even been some who have suggested that I stay in Texas and run for Senate,” O’Rourke said in an August speech. “But that would not be good enough for this community. That would not be good enough for El Paso. That would not be good enough for this country.”

Cornyn joined the pile-on against O’Rourke’s shifting positions last week, highlighting another new O’Rourke proposal on marijuana.

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“Say it ain’t so, Beto. First, grab guns of law abiding citizens and now legalize marijuana?” Cornyn tweeted.

However, polling indicates that a slight majority of Texans in fact support legalizing some quantity of marijuana. But O’Rourke would go further than legalization, proposing taxing marijuana to fund “justice grants” for people who were convicted for marijuana possession in the past.

O’Rourke has also come out for impeaching President Trump.

“Polls consistently show that an overwhelming majority of Texans do not support the impeachment of President Trump,” Fleming noted.

A Quinnipiac poll found that 60 percent of Texans say Congress should not try to impeach, while only 34 percent support it.

O’Rourke’s leftward shift has not been getting him traction in the polls yet. In polling averages, he gets just about 3 percent nationally.

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“His far-left stance will continue to generate attention and secure him a spot on the cable news circuit. But it’s not a governing philosophy, nor a winning campaign one,” Texas-based economist and political consultant Abby McCloskey told Fox News.

“The far-left ground in the 2020 presidential campaign is better covered by [Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth] Warren, who clearly has thought through her proposals in detail,” McCloskey added.

Fleming added: “His wild swing to gun confiscation appears to be an admission he won’t ever run for office in Texas again.”

Maxim Lott is executive producer of Stossel TV and creator of ElectionBettingOdds.com. He can be reached on Twitter at @MaximLott

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Pro-Second Amendment lawmaker tones down ad after Dem opponent calls it ‘violent rhetoric’

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A Republican state senator in Virginia changed a Facebook campaign ad Friday after her Democratic challenger called the pro-Second Amendment post “violent rhetoric,” according to a report.

State Sen. Amanda Chase’s original ad showed her at a gun range and read “I’m not afraid to shoot down gun groups,” prompting her opponent Amanda Pohl to call for an apology, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

“This kind of rhetoric and threats towards those you disagree with from my opponent is disturbing,” Pohl wrote on Twitter on Friday. “I’m ready to listen to everyone in our community and work for real solutions to the challenges we face.”

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Shortly thereafter, Chase’s campaign changed the Facebook message to “I’m not afraid to shoot down attacks from any anti-gun groups, because gun rights are women’s rights.”

The Chase camp said the original wording was a “communications oversight,” according to the Times-Dispatch.

“Mistake or not, it’s still violent rhetoric that has to be addressed,” Pohl said. “While Senator Chase might not agree with me and other activists who want to prevent gun violence in our communities, she at the very least needs to listen to our concerns and not take out campaign ads threatening to shoot us.”

Chase is an unapologetic gun rights advocate who gained notoriety earlier this year for openly carrying a .38-caliber revolver onto the Senate floor in Richmond, saying she was concerned about possible violence from protesters at the Statehouse.

“Unfortunately in the General Assembly we see the good, we see the bad, we see all types of things,” she told the Times-Dispatch. “It’s just for personal safety, quite honestly.”

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She described openly carrying guns as empowering women and even likened it to her own Equal Rights Amendment.

Chase is running for a second term.

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Rep. Ted Budd: Curtailing Second Amendment won’t keep us secure

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What happens when our need for security clashes with our constitutional freedoms and liberties?

Benjamin Franklin once said of this choice, “those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

If all you do is listen to political pundits, you would think that we have to choose between these two principles. But the truth is that we don’t have to be forced to choose one at the expense of the other.

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My view on guns and the Second Amendment is shaped by my life experience as the owner of a gun store in North Carolina. The reason I opened the store initially was that I was approached by local police officers and deputies who told me that they were having to travel great distances and log dozens of extra miles to find the nearest safe place to conduct their firearms training. So I decided to open my store, and the brave men and women of law enforcement were my first customers.

My personal story itself addresses the security versus freedom question. By opening the store, we provided a new market for folks to exercise their constitutional freedoms, while also giving the community and those who defend it a safe place to learn and train in the proper use of a firearm.

However, when we witness the tragedies in El Paso and Dayton or Parkland and Orlando, folks rightly feel a natural tendency to “do something.” Contrary to the heated political rhetoric, gun rights advocates like myself also feel this emotional pull. You can’t help but be shocked and saddened by the human toll of mass shootings.

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The difference between gun control advocates and Second Amendment supporters is that we channel that pain and anguish into something logical, productive, and evidence-based that will mitigate these tragedies without infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens. We focus on people problems, not the devices.

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We must address these shootings by looking at them on an individual basis and taking action that will stop similar incidents in the future. Whether that is providing schools with additional funding for resource officers, deploying more security at bars and nightclubs, investing in technology that shortens police response times, or encouraging more law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves when faced with threats.

Legislation such as the Mass Violence Prevention Act and the bipartisan TAPS Act are sensible actions Congress can take right now.

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There are also aspects to this issue that only our culture can solve. We need to be better neighbors and parents and make sure our kids aren’t becoming bullies and aren’t exposed to a violence at an early age. We need to be mindful when our colleagues, classmates, or loved ones are having trouble and need help.

There is not one catch-all solution to this issue. There is not one big bill that Congress can pass that will suddenly stop these tragedies. What we can do is proactively and smartly craft specific policies in good faith that are aimed at ending an epidemic of violence that we all want to see stopped.

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Kamala Harris says she supports a mandatory buyback on ‘assault weapons’

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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., expressed her support for a mandatory buyback program for “assault weapons” on Monday during her appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Towards the end of her interview, she took questions from the audience, made up of mostly college students. One of them had pressed Harris about her stance on guns.

“Do you believe in the mandatory buyback of quote-unquote assault weapons and whether or not you do, how does that idea not go against fundamentally the Second Amendment?” Andrew from Fordham University asked.

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“Great question. I do believe that we need to do buybacks and I’ll tell you why,” Harris responded. “First of all, let’s be clear about what assault weapons are. They have been designed to kill a lot of human beings quickly. They are weapons of war with no place on the streets of a civil society. I’ve seen assault weapons kill babies and police officers.”

The 2020 hopeful then reiterated her threat of executive order as president if Congress doesn’t act on gun reform, but stressed that the “over 2 million” assault weapons currently in the streets need to be addressed.

“A buyback program is a good idea. Now we need to do it the right way,” Harris continued. “And part of that has to be, you know, buy back and give people their value, the financial value of what they have and not just take things from people that have value without compensating them. We need to do it the right way.”

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This comes just days after former congressman Beto O’Rourke proudly declared for a gun seizure at last week’s Democratic debate.

“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore,” O’Roukre vowed.

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Dr. Jason Nichols: Beto wrong on gun confiscation

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University of Maryland lecturer Dr. Jason Nichols says he disagrees with Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s newfound push to take away guns from Americans.

“I do have respect for Beto, I think that Beto was a man who… he didn’t spin in the spin room which I respect,” Nichols said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday. “I just disagree with what it is that he intends to do.”

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O’Rourke made news last week when he said “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47, and we’re not going to allow it to be used against your fellow Americans anymore”  during the Democratic presidential debates in Houston, Texas.

Some Democrats have criticized O’Rourke for his comments including Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., who said last week on CNN that O’Rourke’s comments were not a wise “policy or political move.”

“I frankly think that that clip will be played for years at Second Amendment rallies with organizations that try to scare people by saying Democrats are coming for your guns,” Coons told CNN.

Nichols said he believes O’Rourke is handling the issue “emotionally” and it could hurt Democrats.

“I do think that he was emotionally affected just like many Americans have been emotionally affected by a lot of the mass shootings. I think you should look at the numbers and see what’s going on and think this through a little more than he has,” Nichols told Carlson.

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“And I think… Chris Coons is right… we want to win states that we can win like Texas and Georgia and Florida and Pennsylvania. We can’t talk about taking guns.”

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Pelosi, Schumer to Trump: Gun control must include background checks

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Congressional Democratic leaders warned President Trump on Sunday that any proposal on gun control must include a House-passed bill to expand background checks for gun purchases — or else risk no legislation at all.

In a joint statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said they spoke Sunday morning by phone with Trump, who planned to announce as soon as this week what measures he supported.

Pelosi, D-Calif., and Schumer, D-N.Y., said they made clear that any proposal lacking the House legislation “will not get the job done” by leaving dangerous loopholes.

“We know that to save as many lives as possible, the Senate must pass this bill and the president must sign it,” they said.

A White House spokesman, Judd Deere, confirmed that Trump spoke with the Democratic leaders at their request and indicated to them a desire to find a “bipartisan legislative solution” but made no commitments.

“The conversation was cordial,” Deere said. “The president reiterated his commitment for his administration to continue work on these issues.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has declined to hold a vote on the bill, which was approved by the Democratic-controlled House in February. He says it’s not clear the Senate would be able to pass the legislation or that Trump would sign it into law.

The bill would expand background checks to cover private sales such as one that allowed a Texas shooting suspect to purchase his weapon before killing seven people last month.

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Trump and White House aides have discussed a number of gun-control measures with members of Congress, including steps to go after fraudulent buyers, notify state and local law enforcement when a potential buyer fails a background check, issue state-level emergency risk protection orders, boost mental health assistance and speed up executions for those found guilty of committing mass shootings.

Pelosi and Schumer said they promised Trump that if he endorses the House legislation on background checks and gets McConnell to act on it, they would join the president “for a historic signing ceremony at the Rose Garden.” Their call with Trump, which took place shortly after 11 a.m., lasted about 10 minutes, according to a Democratic aide.

“We will not stop until these bills are passed and our children’s lives are safe,” the Democratic leaders said.

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After a summer of devastating mass shootings, Congress has struggled to reach agreement on legislation to curb gun violence as Trump pledged to protect the Second Amendment and wavered on what kind of bill he wants the lawmakers to send for his signature.

But while the president has waffled publicly on expanded background checks, he has directed his staff to continue to work with lawmakers — including Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Democratic Sens. Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Joe Manchin of West Virginia — to try to hash out an agreement he can support.

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Gutfeld: Beto’s gun control vow would lead to ‘many violent confrontations’

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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s vow to confiscate civilians’ AR-15s, AK-47s and similar rifles would lead to dangerous situations, according to Greg Gutfeld.

Gutfeld said Friday on “The Five” that O’Rourke’s plans essentially validate concerns raised by the National Rifle Association (NRA) about red flag laws and gun buybacks — and that the Texas Democrat will not be the one physically demanding people’s weaponry.

“If his fantasy came true, do you think he would be the guy that would be knocking on the doors? No, it’ll be a poor police officer — a cop who’d be forced into high-risk situations a million times over,” Gutfeld said.

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“Beto is advocating a plan that would lead to many violent confrontations.”

Gutfeld said it’s often not the law enforcement officers whose actions lead to violent confrontations with civilians, but rather the lawmakers passing laws that put the police in tough situations.

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He pointed to the case of Eric Garner, a black man who died following a 2014 confrontation with NYPD officers who detained him on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes. The officer in the case, Daniel Pantaleo, was accused of applying a banned chokehold to subdue Garner and was recently fired by New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill.

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“I think about Eric Garner,” Gutfeld said. “Eric Garner died in a police action, but the police action wouldn’t have happened if they didn’t have a stupid law banning the selling of loose cigarettes. That was what led to that confrontation, to that death.”

“Now when I see this self-absorbed twerp basically saying he’ll report you, he’s basically validating every NRA apostle,” the “Greg Gutfeld Show” host went on.

In addition, co-host Jesse Watters cautioned that O’Rourke’s rhetoric could lead to people “fake-ratting on” conservative gun owners to “weaponize the red flag laws.”

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Tomi Lahren on Beto O’Rourke’s vow to take away guns: ‘Finally they’re being transparent’

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Democrats’ push for stricter gun control measures are an effort to “chip away” gradually at the Second Amendment, Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren argued Friday on “Fox & Friends.”

Lahren was asked specifically about Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke declaring at Thursday night’s presidential debate, “Hell yes, we are going to take your AR-15, AK-47.”

The line from the former congressman from Texas received loud applause from the audience at the third-round debate in Houston, as he proposed a mandatory buyback of assault weapons.

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“Finally they’re being transparent. We have been saying for years that they want to take our guns and it was always just, ‘Oh you stupid hillbillies, we don’t want to take your guns.’ And now they’re coming out and saying it proudly,” said Lahren, also pointing to statements from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who vowed that gun control would have to be gradual and be accomplished through many pieces of legislation.

“What that really means is let’s gradually chip away at it, so people don’t realize their Second Amendment rights are being corroded and then it’ll lead to what we actually want, which is confiscation,” Lahren added.

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In the wake of multiple deadly mass shootings last month, including two in Texas, many of the candidates stepped up their calls for the federal government to start buying back assault-style weapons from owners – with some of the White House hopefuls urging mandatory buybacks.

O’Rourke was among the candidates to recently declare, “Americans who own AR-15s and AK-47s will have to sell their assault weapons.”

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O’Rourke was complimented by his rivals on the debate stage for his outspoken efforts on the issue of gun violence. He suspended his campaign last month and returned to his home town of El Paso after a mass shooting there that left 22 people dead and many more injured.

O’Rourke has made stemming gun violence an integral part of his campaign.

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