Eric “Nuke ‘Em!” Swalwell released his gun control proposal this week to the raucous applause of 12 supporters at a rally outside the National Rifle Association headquarters in Alexandria, Va. The California Congressmen’s stance on guns ranks among the most extreme of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, but his proposals don’t appear to be galvanizing the masses to his cause.
“We’re done letting the bullying, tweeting minority that leads the NRA dictate whether Americans live or die,” Swalwell told the “crowd.” “I’m taking the battle to the NRA’s doorstep with a new, broader package of commonsense reforms to end gun violence. We’re done relying on thoughts and prayers – it’s time to act.”
Swalwell put up a brave face on Twitter, telling his 92,000 social media followers, “THIS IS IT! We’re announcing our comprehensive plan to END GUN VIOLENCE!”
THIS IS IT! We’re announcing our comprehensive plan to END GUN VIOLENCE! pic.twitter.com/5XepV7qZIU— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) June 17, 2019
Turns out, the representative most famous for threatening to nuke gun owners is also brave enough to use the crop tool on his smartphone. A slightly wider angle revealed that Swalwell’s campaign probably printed too many signs.
Look! All of presidential candidate Swalwell’s supporters came out to our headquarters today. No wonder he is polling at 0%. pic.twitter.com/sFZAishEoC— NRA (@NRA) June 17, 2019
One of the attendees, a father of one of the Parkland victims who’s vowed to “dedicate the rest of my life to the cause of gun safety,” claimed in response that the event was invite only.
How cute. This was a group of invited guests only. I was one of them. This was not an announced event. You know that as you did have someone from NRATV there. How typical of you to make fun of efforts to handle gun violence on a day where shootings continued to happen. pic.twitter.com/11JuwbuiHE— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) June 17, 2019
Still, based on Swalwell’s polling numbers, this might as well have been one of his rallies. The Congressmen has made an “assault weapon” confiscation scheme the cornerstone of his campaign, but the policy hasn’t given Swalwell any noticeable bump in the polls. Most surveys show Swalwell garnering 0% percent of the vote, lower than the “someone else” or “other” option included in most data (1-2%).
His unpopularity hasn’t stopped the Golden State rep from moving forward with his gun-ban proposal. The complete monstrosity is even longer, but this is (we kid you not) only the policy items that deal specifically with firearms.
- Ban and buyback semi-automatic “assault weapons.” The only exception would be for shooting ranges where civilians could should those “assault weapons.”
- Ban and buy back bump stocks, large-capacity magazines that are capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition, and silencers.
- Implement a 48-hour cooling-off period between the time a person purchases a firearm and the time they take possession of it.
- Establish standards for safely storing firearms including smart tech, mandate that all gun owners comply with those standards, and fund a national educational program focused on safe storage of firearms.
- Implement background checks for all firearm and ammunition purchases, regardless of whether the seller is federally licensed, a gun show vendor, or a private seller.
- Create a federal licensing program for gun owners, requiring them to satisfactorily complete a training program with both written and practical exams, the same way most states do with cars and hunters.
- Require that liability insurance be purchased before a person can buy, trade, or otherwise receive a firearm, which is what states already require for automobiles.
- Create a national firearm registry that is linked to individual firearms, and require that all purchases, transfers, and donations of firearms be mandatorily registered.
- Require federally licensed firearms dealers to conduct their business only in commercial sporting goods or firearms premises, not from their homes, funeral homes, or other premises that are not otherwise related to sporting or firearms.
- Prohibit individuals from purchasing more than one handgun per 30-day period.
- Require all federally licensed firearms dealers to report firearm theft within 24 hours.
- Require all federally licensed firearms dealers to conduct an inventory of their firearms at least once every six months and report the inventory results to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
- Prohibit the online sale of firearms manufactured after the year 1898.
- Require that all people or businesses selling more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition in a 30-day period be federally licensed in a program similar to the Federal Firearms Licensee system.
- Prohibit the online sale of ammunition.
- Limit ammunition sales for individual purchasers to 200 rounds per 30-day period.
- Prohibit individuals from hoarding ammunition in quantities exceeding 200 rounds per caliber or gauge.
- Repeal the law that prohibits the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from consolidating and centralizing records relating to the acquisition of firearms maintained by federal firearms licensees.
- Empower the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to increase the frequency of unscheduled audits of federally licensed firearms dealers.
- Incentivize states to create a statutory rebuttable presumption of liability if a gun registered to a person causes harm to the person or property of another.
- Let people sue gun manufacturers by repealing the Protection for Lawful Commerce in Guns Act, which is a federal law the protects gun manufacturers from civil liability.
- Empower the Consumer Product Safety Commission or other relevant federal agencies to implement safety standards that must be met by all firearms manufactured or in commerce in the United States, to eliminate junk guns, and to examine the feasibility of smart gun technology.
- Prohibit the manufacture or sale of guns that are not detectable by metal detectors, including 3-D printed firearms.
- Regulate firearm assembly kits the same way firearms are regulated.
- Mandate evidence-based ballistics identification techniques, such as microstamping, for all rifles and handguns manufactured or in commerce in the United States.
- Prohibit the manufacture and sale of M855 ammunition for civilians.
- Prohibit the manufacture and sale of hollow-nose bullets for civilians.
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Everytown for Gun Safety applauded Swalwell’s plan, telling supporters in an email that the 2020 cycle has been “notable” for the number of candidates “proudly embracing gun safety as an issue to run and win on.”
“More and more voters are calling for leaders who will take action on gun safety — and more and more leaders are making robust plans to do exactly that,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “Rep. Swalwell’s new gun safety platform is the latest evidence that preventing gun violence will be a key issue in the 2020 campaign.”
It’s doubtful whether “more and more voters” are calling for restrictions on their Second Amendment rights. But it’s certain that they aren’t calling on Rep. Swalwell to do it.