Tucker Carlson debated a California Democrat who recently called for a law that would institute a government buyback program for "military-style semiautomatic assault weapons" and prosecute those who "defy" the policy by keeping those firearms.

Eric Swalwell, who represents Hayward and Dublin, wrote in USA Today that the government should "criminally prosecute any who choose to defy [the buyback] by keeping their weapons," -- exempting gun clubs and law enforcement officials.

Tucker Carlson characterized the proposal as effectively being a gun "ban" because authorities would "make [citizens] felons" if gun owners don't take action and surrender weapons.

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Swalwell disagreed, offering that the gun owners could keep their weapons in a "safe" spot like a fish & game club.

"So, we should confiscate this entire class of firearms," Carlson said. "Do you think we would have a Civil War?"

Swalwell said something must be done to save lives in the wake of recent mass shootings. 

"You just made them into felons," Carlson said. "You wrote that."

Carlson added that the U.S. Capitol Police, who he said are effectively Swalwell's bodyguards, would still be able to hold weapons if they wanted.

Swalwell took exception with Carlson's characterization of Capitol Police as "bodyguards," saying he was "denigrating" officers.


But, Carlson noted that he does not have what could be described as a police detail protecting him at all times.

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