The White House has confirmed that executive orders from President Joe Biden on gun control will be coming at some undetermined point in the future, The Washington Times reported.
Biden expressed his anti-gun intentions during his first and only press conference on Thursday.
At the press conference, Biden mentioned executive actions that would allocate more money to states’ efforts to combat gun violence and require registration of “ghost guns,” which are self-assembled guns with no serial numbers, including 3D-printed guns, and guns imported by other countries.
On Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said there was no set timeline for when the orders would be released. “It is one of the levers that we can use, that any federal government that any president can use to help address the prevalence of gun violence,” she said.
Biden looking at executive authority
“We’re looking at what kind of authority I have relative to imported weapons — as well as whether or not I have the authority,” Biden told reporters, adding that there may be “latitude” with 3D-printed guns as well.
Psaki spoke of a “review process” for the forthcoming executive orders to ensure that they could withstand legal challenges.
Biden was already looking into gun control executive orders before two recent mass shootings, the first in Atlanta, when a shooter targeted massage parlors and killed eight people.
In Boulder, Colorado, a gunman killed 10 people at a supermarket. The shootings revived an uproar from the left about mass gun control and renewed a push for anti-gun legislation.
Biden pushes gun control legislation
On Tuesday, Biden pushed the Senate to pass two gun control measures that already passed in the House, according to Reuters, but their passage is unlikely unless Democrats manage to eliminate the 60-vote filibuster threshold.
One of the bills would expand background checks to private gun sales and transfers, and the other would extend the time for background checks from three to 10 days.
Biden also strongly supported the 1994 “assault weapons” ban, which expired in 2004, but he could not institute such a ban again without the legislature.
It’s possible that the president’s focus on guns could be an attempt by the Biden administration to distract the American people from the ongoing crisis at the nation’s southern border, which seems to be worsening by the day.