Tomorrow will undoubtedly be a huge day in the United States as elections held across the country could dramatically change the political realm. Will Republicans keep their majorities in Congress and continue to support President Trump’s continued success or will Democrats win enough seats to upend it?
Elections down the ticket and gubernatorial elections can also have a tremendous impact. The gubernatorial election in Georgia could have particularly dire consequences for gun owners as Democrat candidate Stacey Abrams could impose a gun ban or even a gun confiscation.
As the Daily Wire reports, the idea of the gun ban was inquisitively asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper during CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“When you were a state lawmaker in 2016, you co-sponsored a bill that would have allowed Georgia state authorities to take away so-called assault weapons from current gun owners,” Tapper started, as the Daily Wire reports. “Most similar bans would grandfather in existing weapons of that sort, semiautomatic rifles that are called assault weapons. So, is that your current position, that law-abiding gun owners in Georgia should have to give up those weapons, if authorities deem it necessary?”
Asked plainly, does Abrams still support the gun ban and gun confiscation view that she once held?
“In the state of Georgia, you introduce legislation to start conversations,” Abrams said before saying she wanted to see how a gun ban could work. “I am happy to work with the legislature to figure out how we make an assault weapons ban work.”
Sounds like she’s in, but not all the way in?
Tapper, seeking to clarify the Democrat’s former position, continued: “Well, just to be clear, you were one of six co-sponsors of this bill, House Bill 731, introduced January 11, 2016, not that long ago. Your co-sponsor told reporters the law — quote — ‘would require gun owners of these particular models to turn their guns in.'”
The Democrat again fired back with a dodgy response: “And, again, my point is this: the legislation introduced was the beginning of a conversation. I am absolutely certain that, were we to pass this in Georgia, we would have a conversation about grandfathering in, about whether or not people would turn their guns in, whether there would be buybacks. There are a number of approaches to take to accomplish this goal.”
Here’s more, from Breitbart:
Tapper reminded the viewing audience that Abrams co-sponsored Georgia HB 731 on January 2016. He pointed out that Abrams’ co-sponsors admitted the bill would “require gun owners of these particular models to turn their guns in.” (Breitbart News reported that HB 731 designated certain commonly owned semiautomatic firearms as contraband and required the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to seize them from their owners.)
Abrams did not try to hide her support for HB 731, rather, she said that was simply the beginning of “a conversation.” She then made clear that as her control push continues it is still unknown if the outcome will be “grandfathering in, about whether or not people would turn their guns in, whether there would be buybacks.”
So Abrams is not in on the ban or the confiscation but just wants a conversation?
Check out the next exchange via the Daily Wire:
“Well, just to be clear here, though — I’m just trying to understand,” Tapper fired back. “So you don’t support the actual legislation; you just support having a conversation about it?”
“No, what I have said is, legislation in the state legislature is about starting the conversation,” Abrams said, appearing to contradict herself.
“I believe that we have to ban assault weapons in the state of Georgia,” Abrams concluded.
So, she’s definitely in on the ban? This seems to fall in line with a previous comment she made during an exchange on “The View.”
Abrams was plainly asked by co-host Meghan McCain about the AR-15 and whether Abrams was “anti-gun.” Per Breitbart:
Abrams responded by quickly claiming she is not “anti-gun,” then laying out many of the gun controls she wants to put in place: “I believe in a background check. I believe in a three-day waiting period. I believe that those who commit domestic violence and stalking should not have access to weapons.”
She then described AR-15s as “weapons of mass destruction” and made clear her position that they should be banned from civilian ownership:
McCain then asked if Abrams would be rounding up AR-15s–literally taking them away from Georgians–if she were able to secure a ban.
Abrams demurred, instead suggesting that “there has to be a conversation of how it’s accomplished.”
After outlining numerous gun controls she supports and calling for an AR-15 ban, Abrams said, “I support the Second Amendment.”
So, Abrams claims to “support the Second Amendment,” but is for banning semi-automatic rifles because they are “weapons of mass destruction?”
As ABC News reports, President Trump addressed Abrams’ gun views during his rally in Macon and called her “radical” and “one of the most extreme far-left politicians in the country.”
Trump told the Georgia voters that if Abrams is elected, “your 2nd Amendment is gone.”