Earlier today, 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg joined in on the criticism of his fellow candidate Beto O’Rourke, saying that his plan to confiscate some semi-automatic rifles is “playing into the hands of Republicans”:

And now Beto is lashing out at Mayor Pete over it, including a gratuitous “s*it” thrown in for effect:

As for his plan to confiscate “assault weapons,” even CNN is throwing ice-cold water all of the Texas Dem:

From CNN:

Because of precedent set by the Supreme Court, the widespread use and popularity of these guns would almost certainly present legal trouble for O’Rourke’s proposal.

In the 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court ruled on whether a ban on handgun possession in the home violated the Second Amendment. It found that it did, holding that the Second Amendment protects guns that are “in common use” and prohibits ” ‘dangerous and unusual weapons.’ ”
In response to questions about the constitutionality of his proposal, O’Rourke’s campaign told CNN that the confiscation of AR-15-style weapons would be legal, and cited Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion from Heller, that the regulation of “dangerous [and] unusual weapons” does not violate the Second Amendment

However, Scalia’s opinion states that the Second Amendment protects guns in “common use.” Given their prevalence, these assault weapons could fall under the definition of being “in common use,” and therefore be protected by the Second Amendment.

At least one expert believes that common use interpretation would carry the day. “There’s no dispute that these guns meet that definition,” Dave Kopel, gun rights scholar and research director of the Independence Institute, told CNN.

It’s absolutely insane for Dems to get into a fight over this, but we do enjoy watching it happen.

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