The Washington Free Beacon’s Stephen Gutowski reports “National law enforcement organizations harshly criticized Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke's plan to send police officers to collect AR-15s and AK-47s from those who refuse to turn them in under his mandatory buyback scheme.”
Last week, Beto said that he would send cops door-to-door to “recover" firearms from those who would not comply with his mandatory “buy-back” plan.
Jim Pasco, executive director of the National Fraternal Order of Police—the nation's largest police union, representing more than 330,000 sworn law-enforcement officers—said “Mr. O'Rourke may not be aware that state and local police officers (who comprise more than 90% of all police in the U.S.) receive their orders from their local jurisdictions – not from the Federal government.Further any such legislation, if it passed, would no doubt be vigorously litigated with a view to its apparent inconsistency with the Second Amendment."
Jackson County, Texas Sheriff AJ Louderback sits on the immigration and government affairs committees of the National Sheriffs' Association, which represents over 3,000 sheriffs across the country.He says “this guy's plan is ridiculous.Everyone is looking for solutions to violent crime but this isn't one of them. I'm not going to harass my citizens for owning guns."
Bill Johnson, executive director of the group, says “it's ironic that Beto O'Rourke, who was slamming police as ‘the new Jim Crow' just a year ago, now finds a need for police when he wants to disarm individuals.Maybe poor Beto should spend less time live-streaming his visits to the dentist and attend a basics civics class instead. He'd be reminded that the very first law every police officer swears to uphold is the Constitution."