HARLOW: "Senator Booker, before you go, there is one final question on your gun proposal since you just released it this morning. Your competitor in the 2020 race, Congressman Eric Swalwell has also, like you, proposed an assault weapons ban. But he’s proposing a buy-back programs where Americans who currently have those guns could sell them essentially to the government. But if they don’t, within a certain period of time they would be prosecuted, subject to be thrown in jail. Are you supportive of the same?"
BOOKER: "First of all, when I was a mayor of the city Newark, again, I have a record on dealing with gun violence. We did a lot of gun buy-backs and even other creative ideas that I think we should have when I'm president of the United States. The critical thing is I think most Americans agree that these weapons of war should not be on our streets. Again —"
HARLOW: "But would you prosecute people, do you support the government buying them back. And if not, potentially people could go to jail if they don’t want to sell them back? Yes or no?"
BOOKER: "Again, we should have a law that bans these weapons and we should have a reasonable period in which people can turn in these weapons. Right now we have a nation that allows in streets and communities like mine these weapons that should not exist."