Reports had indicated that President Joe Biden could try to enact gun control via executive order. It now appears that this is actually going to happen.
Breitbart reports that the Biden administration on Thursday revealed several gun control policies that it will push through executive action.
The White House released a fact sheet on Thursday announcing the Biden administration’s “initial actions to address the gun violence public health epidemic.” According to this fact sheet, there are “six initial actions” that Biden will take.
First, the fact sheet states that “the Justice Department, within 30 days, will issue a proposed rule to help stop the proliferation of “ghost guns.”
Then, within 60 days, the Department of Justice (DOJ) “will issue a proposed rule to make clear when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace effectively turns a pistol into a short-barreled rifle subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act.”
The DOJ will also, in that same timeframe, “publish model ‘red flag’ legislation for states.”
These are the three big “initial actions.”
The fact sheet also says that the “administration is investing in evidence-based community violence interventions,” that the DOJ “will issue an annual report on firearms trafficking,” and that Biden “will nominate David Chipman to serve as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.”
Biden says that he is not waiting for Congress
The fact sheet states that spurring these six initial actions on was “the recent high-profile mass shootings in Boulder – taking the lives of 10 individuals – and Atlanta – taking the lives of eight individuals, including six Asian American women.” These events, Biden says, “underscored the relentlessness of this epidemic.”
In the fact sheet, Biden notes that the House recently passed gun control legislation, including one measure requiring universal background checks. He called on Congress to pass other measures, including banning “assault weapons and high capacity magazines” and “repealing gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability.”
But, with it looking as though such measures have no chance at getting through the Senate, Biden says that he is not waiting around any longer.
“But this Administration will not wait for Congress to act to take its own steps – fully within the Administration’s authority and the Second Amendment – to save lives,” Biden wrote. It is likely that the Biden administration will face a legal challenge disputing whether he actually does have this authority.