The Department of Justice (DOJ) is moving forward with President Joe Biden’s gun control agenda.
Breitbart reports that Biden’s DOJ, on Monday, put forth both a model red flag law for states to follow as well as a new definition of “short-barreled rifles.”
The model red flag law
The idea behind a model law is that it is something that a state could use as guidance when looking to pass a similar law of its own.
In this case, the DOJ put forth a model red flag law. Red flag laws, in general, allow either law enforcement or even a family member to ask a court to take firearms away from an individual who may be a danger to himself or herself as well as to others.
The DOJ, referring to such as a law as an “extreme risk protection order,” argued that its model red flag legislation “can save lives.”
“By allowing family members or law enforcement to intervene and to petition for these orders before warning signs turn into tragedy, ‘extreme risk protection orders’ can save lives,” the DOJ argued in its proposal. “They are also an evidence-based approach to the problem. The model legislation, developed after consultation with a broad range of stakeholders, provides a framework that will help more states enact these sensible laws.”
The DOJ also amended the definition of “short-barreled rifles” such that it would encompass AR-pistols.
“The department issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would make clear that the statutory restrictions on short-barreled rifles apply to pistols that are equipped with certain stabilizing braces and intended to be fired from the shoulder,” the DOJ wrote.
What this means is that, should this proposal actually become a regulation, purchasing AR-pistols with stabilizer braces would require the purchaser to undergo a background check, to pay a $200 tax to the federal government, to register the firearm, and to be fingerprinted and photographed.
Breitbart notes that this process could take as long as nine or ten months to complete.
This action from the DOJ follows a request that Biden made back in early April. Unable to get gun control through Congress, Biden turned to the DOJ to further pursue gun control.
Proposing a red flag law and addressing AR-pistols were two priorities that Biden listed at the time.