Joe Biden is ready to get moving on a gun control agenda with or without legislative support.
The putative president-elect is planning to issue an executive order on guns within his first days in office, according to a new report from the Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard.
“Big, bold change”
Previous reports revealed that Biden is planning to issue a spate of executive orders within days of assuming the presidency targeting Donald Trump’s policies on everything from immigration to climate change.
According to Bedard, Stef Feldman, the national policy director of Biden’s presidential campaign, boasted this week that pursuing “big, bold change” on gun control will be among the Democrat’s first priorities.
On a Zoom call with Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service, Feldman said that there’s “really a lot you can do through guidance and executive action,” in case Biden has difficulty passing his agenda through Congress — a real possibility if Republicans hold the Senate after Georgia’s runoff elections in January.
Feldman said that Biden will also look to pursue policies on policing, climate change, health care, and education with executive power, Bedard reported.
Notably, Biden has also promised to use executive authority to issue a 100-day nationwide mask mandate, according to the New York Post, despite doubts about the constitutionality of such an order.
Biden’s gun-grabbing agenda
Concerning guns, the former vice president has promised to use executive authority to ban the importation of “assault weapons” and restore an Obama-era rule that requires the Social Security Administration to provide a list of individuals “unable to manage their affairs for mental reasons.”
On Thursday, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety, issued a list of policies for Biden to pursue with executive power, such as limitations on “ghost guns.”
“The need for action is urgent,” Michael-Sean Spence, Everytown’s director of community safety initiatives, said, according to ABC News. “[Gun violence] was already a public health crisis before COVID arrived — and the pandemic has made things far worse.”
While the full measure of what Biden may try to accomplish unilaterally is unclear, what he has promised to pursue legislatively has already alarmed gun owners and Second Amendment activists.
A gun lobbyist told Bedard that they’re certainly going to be “busy” with Biden in the White House.