Joe Biden announced Thursday he wants, during his presidency, administration rules against "ghost guns," another to blend the definitions of pistol and rifles, a nationwide promotion of "red flag" laws that allowspeople to be banned from having guns on someone else's feelings, and more.
And it's no more or less than a "war" on Americans.
The Washington Examiner described Biden's "slate of gun actions" as what he believes he can do through executive action.
Biden himself called gun violence an epidemic.
But the Second Amendment Foundation warned that he will not be allowed to bend the Constitution. Or break it.
"The devil will be in the details," said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. "Our legal team will review them and we are prepared to file suit if Biden and his administration steps over their legal authority."
Gottlieb recalled that Biden has been a virulent promoter of gun control throughout his decades in Washington. He featured gun control as a major part of his presidential campaign last year, and published reports say he has met with representatives from gun prohibition advocacy groups since taking office.
"Nobody from the Biden administration has reached out to us or any other rights organization to my knowledge, which certainly clarifies Biden’s approach to firearms regulation," Gottlieb said. “He came into office talking about unity, but he just declared war on tens of millions of law-abiding gun owners who have committed no crimes."
The SAF confirmed if the administration goes beyond what it is allowed under the Constitution to do, legal action "is a certainty."
The White House detailed the agenda points earlier.
The "Biden-Harris" administration cited recent mass shootings – in Boulder, Colorado, where 10 people died, and in Atlanta, where eight were killed, as underscoring "the relentlessness of this epidemic."
The White House said first, Biden wants Congress to approve legislation to close "loopholes" in the gun background check system. And he insists on bans on "assault weapons and high capacity magazines."
Then he wants gun makers to be liable for whatever lawsuit might be filed over gun violence, and Congress should adopt a "red flag" strategy that would allow people to be deprived of guns based on someone else's suspicions about them. Those already are present in some states, including Colorado, where that grocery store massacre just left 10 dead, and allow authorities to confiscate guns from a person if certain others express concerns about that gun owner.
Specifically, the DOJ is to prepare a rule to stop "ghost guns," which are weapons assembled after buyers purchase the parts needed.
Second, the DOJ is to suggest a rule regarding a "stabilizing brace" used on pistols.
And third, "red flag" legislation is to be proposed.
Biden and Harris also want to spend much money in communities for "violence intervention programs," estimated at billions of dollars.
Then, too, the DOJ is to issue a report on firearms "trafficking" and David Chipman is to be nominated as the chief of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Biden, who has been known for some wild statements, including his recent false claims about election rules in Georgia, insisted that his ideas don't violate the Constitution, Fox News reported.
"Nothing I'm about to recommend in any way impinges on the Second Amendment," Biden claimed in a White House news conference. "These are phony arguments suggesting that these are Second Amendment rights at stake from what we're talking about."
But he affirmed he is committed to the idea that "no amendment to the Constitution is absolute."
"From the very beginning, you couldn't own any weapon you wanted to own. From the very beginning the Second Amendment existed, certain people weren't allowed to have weapons. So the idea is just bizarre to suggest that some of the things we're recommending are contrary to the Constitution," he said.
Fox explained, "Some of Biden's claims during the press conference are regularly disputed by Republicans, including that gun manufacturers can't be sued and that background checks aren't required at gun shows."
And there are those who simply don't trust a Biden-Harris administration statement that all plans will follow the Constitution.
"By appointing the anti-gun Merrick Garland as attorney general and nominating David Chipman — formerly a senior staffer at the leading gun control lobby — to head ATF, Biden has made clear his sights are set on restricting the rights of law-abiding gun owners while ignoring criminals and foregoing substantive measures that will actually keep Americans safe," the National Rifle Association said in a statement.
"Further, the proposals Biden announced tonight could require law-abiding citizens to surrender lawful property and enable states to expand gun confiscation orders. The NRA will fight this nomination and ill-conceived executive actions," the NRA also said.
"The answer is not to restrict the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, the answer is to go after violent criminals and come down on them like a ton of bricks," added Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
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