On Oct. 16, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton said that a gun buyback program like the ones in Australia was “worth looking into.”
At a town hall meeting in Keene, New Hampshire, Clinton was asked about Australia’s 1996 and 2003 buyback programs, which was implemented after a 1996 mass shooting and collected around 700,000 semi-automatic rifles and other guns from citizens.
“I think it would be worth considering doing it on the national level, if that could be arranged,” Clinton said, according to the Al Jazeera.
“By offering to buy back those guns, they were able to curtail the supply and set a different standard for gun purchases in the future,” the former Secretary of State said.
“I do not know enough detail to tell you how we would do it, or how would it work, but certainly your example is worth looking at," she added.
Chris Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action quickly responded to Clinton’s comments.
“This validates what the NRA has said all along,” Cox said, according to Fox News. “The real goal of gun control supporters is gun confiscation.”
The issue of gun control has been a central talking point of the 2016 presidential race following a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, that left nine people dead. The gunman also shot and killed himself following the incident.
“Hillary Clinton just doesn’t get it. The NRA’s strength lies in our five million members and the tens of millions of voters who support the Second Amendment.” Cox said of Clinton’s position on gun control.
“A majority of Americans support this freedom, and the Supreme Court was absolutely right to hold that the Second Amendment guarantees the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms," he added. "Hillary Clinton's extreme views are completely out of touch with the American people."