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Julian Castro: Mandatory Gun Buybacks Gives ‘Police Officers Another Reason to Go Door to Door’

By Craig Bannister | October 15, 2019 | 10:23pm EDT
Julian Castro (Getty Images/Edwarda Ornelas)

At Tuesday’s Democrat presidential candidate debate, former mayor and Obama administration official Julian Castro said he opposes mandatory gun buyback laws because of police violence and door-to-door searches:

“There are two problems I have with mandatory buybacks. Number one, folks can't define it, and if you’re not going door to door, then it's not really mandatory. But also, in the places I grew up in, we weren't exactly looking for another reason for cops to come banging on the door.

“You all saw a couple days ago what happened to Tiana Jefferson in Fort Worth. A cop showed up at two in the morning at her house when she was playing video games with her nephew – he didn’t even announce himself - and within four seconds he shot her and killed her through her home window. She was in her own home.

“And so, I am not going to give these police officers another reason to go door to door in certain communities because police violence is also gun violence and we need to address that.”

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