Schumer: I don't know any 'Democrat who agrees' with O'Rourke on gun seizures

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHouse Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans Rep. Massie threatens to block next relief bill, calls for remote voting Democratic senators call for funding for local media in coronavirus stimulus MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday told reporters that he doesn’t “know of any other Democrat who agrees” with Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s proposal to confiscate assault-style weapons.

"I don't know of any other Democrat who agrees with Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke slams Texas official who suggested grandparents risk their lives for economy during pandemic Hispanic Caucus campaign arm unveils non-Hispanic endorsements Five Latinas who could be Biden's running mate MORE, but it's no excuse not to go forward," Schumer told reporters on a conference call Wednesday, according to the Times Union of Albany, N.Y.

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The minority leader's comments come as a number of Democrats have come out in opposition to O'Rourke's proposed mandatory buyback program for assault-style weapons. 

The former Texas congressman captured headlines with fiery comments he made about the proposal at the Democratic primary debate last week, saying, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”

Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsSenate includes 0M for mail-in voting in coronavirus spending deal Hillicon Valley: Facebook reports huge spike in usage during pandemic | Democrats push for mail-in voting funds in coronavirus stimulus | Trump delays deadline to acquire REAL ID Democrats press for more stimulus funding to boost mail-in voting MORE (D-Del.) was one of the first Democrats to come out against O'Rourke's plan. 

A day after the debate, Coons, who has backed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders exits, clearing Biden's path to nomination Former Clinton staffers invited to celebrate Sanders dropping out: report Sanders exit leaves deep disappointment on left MORE in the Democratic race, warned that O'Rourke's proposal would be “played for years at Second Amendment rallies with organizations that try to scare people by saying that Democrats are coming for your guns.”

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is also a Democratic presidential candidate, said over the weekend that he thinks the Texas Democrat played into the GOP’s hands with the comments.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) told reporters on Wednesday that O’Rourke is "not taking my guns away from me” when asked about the program.

"Beto's one human being," Manchin said. "He gave his own opinion, OK? I think it was very harmful to make it look like all the Democrats. I can tell you one thing: Beto O'Rourke's not taking my guns away from me. You tell Beto that OK?"

O’Rourke’s proposal during the debate also got pushback from President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE, who said the lawmaker’s comments “made it much harder” for his administration to “make a deal” with Congress on potential gun legislation in the wake of recent mass shootings.

“Convinced many that Dems just want to take your guns away. Will continue forward!” he added.

While discussing some of the criticism he’s received from Democrats in particular on Wednesday, O’Rourke accused many in the party of being “complicit in what we see right now.” 

"I mean, the Republicans are the most obstinate and the most obstructionist and the most in the pockets of the NRA, but it's been a bipartisan problem that the Centers for Disease Control couldn't even study gun violence, that here we are in 2019 and we still don't have universal background checks or 'red flag' laws or we allowed the assault weapons ban to expire, even though it did so much good and saved so many lives," the former Texas congressman told CNN.

Updated on Friday at 5:45 a.m.