Critics denounce Biden administration’s new ‘ghost gun’ restrictions

Violence is a growing problem in America, with many cities seeing their crime rates surge. Yet rather than target the perpetrators, President Biden has announced a plan that critics say is a power grab.

According to the Blaze, Biden revealed a new rule on Monday that he says will limit the sale of so-called “ghost guns.”

The new restrictions

Under its provisions, parts kits that consumers can use to construct their own guns will be treated the same as commercially manufactured firearms.

“This final rule bans the business of manufacturing the most accessible ghost guns, such as unserialized ‘buy build shoot’ kits that individuals can buy online or at a store without a background check and can readily assemble into a working firearm in as little as 30 minutes with equipment they have at home,” a White House press release stated.

“This rule clarifies that these kits qualify as ‘firearms’ under the Gun Control Act, and that commercial manufacturers of such kits must therefore become licensed and include serial numbers on the kits’ frame or receiver, and commercial sellers of these kits must become federally licensed and run background checks prior to a sale — just like they have to do with other commercially-made firearms,” it continued.

What’s more, the Biden administration is also calling on Congress to ban the sale of “assault weapons,” as well as limit the capacity of magazines.

Constitutional concerns

The Blaze noted that reaction from Second Amendment supporters was swift, with many arguing that the move is unconstitutional and will do little to prevent violence.

Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie (R) tweeted, “The Constitution does not authorize the federal government to prevent you from making your own firearm.”

“This [is] a fact that has been recognized for 200+ years,” the Republican lawmaker continued, adding, “Also, Article 1, Section 1 (literally the first operative sentence in the Constitution) says Congress makes law, not POTUS!”

Meanwhile, the National Rifle Association provided a statement to Fox News that also took issue with the president’s action.

“An administration that’s truly sincere and resolute about curbing violent crime rates would do one thing: take violent criminals off the streets immediately,” it read.

“Yet, the Biden administration allows these criminals who kill and maim with callous and reckless abandon, again and again, to roam the streets of Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and other cities large and small across our country without fear of prosecution and punishment.”

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