When pressed about the issue at the Democratic debates in Ohio on Tuesday, O'Rourke evaded addressing the need for confiscation directly.
Those who've yet to support a ban showed pause due to concerns about the bill's details, believed it was a hopeless task — so long as the Senate is GOP controlled — or simply did not want to discuss the matter.
"You are using the pain of the victims of gun violence to speak in a way that allows you to look like you're going to do something but only to play games with their emotions," Fred Guttenberg said.
The chief NRA lobbyist for Florida said, "How do you tell a 10-year-old little girl who got a Ruger 10/22 with a pink stock for her birthday that her rifle is an assault weapon?"
"We know the purpose of a gun that can fire hundreds of rounds in minutes," the Democrats wrote. "It's not for hunting or for civilian self-defense. It's for warfare."
A California man took the initiative to draft and collect signatures for a ballot measure banning the possession of semi-automatic weapons and rifles. In response, the city of Huntington Beach sued Daniel Horgan.
AR-15s and large-capacity magazines are beyond the scope of the Second Amendment and may be banned, the court ruled.
The court found that military-style assault weapons and large-capacity magazines are not protected under the Second Amendment's right to bear arms.
Drug-related homicides reach as high as 50 percent of the total homicides in the United States.