October 03, 2019 10:51 AM ET
Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris re-iterated her support for a mandatory gun buyback program Wednesday, saying a government under her leadership may confiscate â€œas many as 10 millionâ€ guns.
The 2020 presidential candidate was asked by MSNBC host Craig Melvin how she would get existing â€œassault weaponsâ€ off the streets, noting that the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban did not include a confiscation program.
â€œWe have to have a buyback program,â€ Harris said. â€œI support a mandatory buyback program. Itâ€™s gotta be smart. We gotta do it the right way.â€
Harris estimated that there are currently 5-10 million â€œassault weaponsâ€ in the U.S., but did not mention any specific type of firearm her administration would target.