President Biden is expected to unleash his new executive action on gun control on Thursday according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki – and it could be a disaster for American citizens.
Psaki, during her press briefing Wednesday, declined to go into details on what the action would entail but said the president would have “more to say” tomorrow.
Politico reported earlier on Wednesday that according to sources, Biden’s action would include a ban on “ghost guns,” firearms that lack serial numbers since they’re sold in pieces and put together at home, to undergo background checks. Biden is expected to be joined at the event by Attorney General Merrick Garland.
While it’s not clear whether or not Biden will take action against “assault” weapons, he has in the past called for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, which would likely take an act of Congress. He could, however, use regulatory authority to restrict access to such guns.
“I got that done as a senator. It brought down mass shootings, we can do it again,” Biden claimed last month. “We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again.”
On top of that, more than 100 Democrats signed a letter last week demanding that Biden take executive action on the so-called “assault” weapons that are “concealable,” citing a gun control law authored to regulate the sale of machine guns, initially, in the mid-1930s, and updated in later decades to keep up with technology.
The group argued that the measure allows Biden to move on banning such firearms without the approval or input of Congress, which is so evenly split, it is unlikely any assault weapons ban would pass.
“I think that President Biden will try to get away with as much as he can with executive orders,” Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, said to Fox News, adding that his organization is “very prepared to go to court” if Biden oversteps.
“What we’re expecting him to do is anything with foreign commerce – if the firearm is being imported in or magazine or ammo is being imported in – he could by executive order try to do something in that nature,” Gottlieb continued.
Gottlieb said Biden could use the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to tighten regulations. Biden has yet to nominate a director for the ATF.
The Biden administration has also pushed for legislative action, calling on the Senate to pass two bills that recently made their way through the House.
The bills expand federal gun background checks on all firearms sales and extend the background check review period from three days to a minimum of 10 business days. One bill would close the “Charleston loophole,” in which a gun sale is allowed to proceed if the background check is not completed in three days.
But Republicans are prepared – and are already fighting back against what Biden is about to do.
Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey Tuesday signed into law HB 2111, which would prevent state and local governments from implementing any new gun control laws coming out of Washington, D.C.
Those who support the bill say law-abiding gun owners are protected from potential laws that would be a violation of the Second Amendment and are moving to limit whether Biden’s executive actions have force within their states.
Author: James Henry