Biden Announces Limited Gun Reform Actions Using Executive Order Powers

US President Joe Biden speaks about infrastructure investment from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus on April 7, 2021, in Washington, DC. - Biden on Wednesday said Congress should pass his $2 trillion infrastructure plan to ensure US global leadership in the face of rising power China.
US President Joe Biden speaks about infrastructure investment from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus on April 7, 2021, in Washington, DC. - Biden on Wednesday said Congress should pass his $2 trillion infrastructure plan to ensure US global leadership in the face of rising power China.
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President Joe Biden announced six actions Thursday that will aim to address the rising ride of mass shootings, according to ABC.

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One of those actions include asking the Department of Justice to create a rule that would slow the rise of “ghost guns” within 30 days. Ghost guns can be put together from parts sold online that don’t have serial numbers, are hard to track and are unregulated. The DOJ will also be expected to create a rule that devices marked as stabilizing braces, which turn pistols into short-barreled rifles, be subject to the National Firearms Act.

Here is more on what Biden has in mind, per the New York Times:

Finally, the Justice Department will also publish model “red flag” legislation for states. The measure would allow police officers and family members to petition a court to temporarily remove firearms from people who may present a danger to themselves or others. While Mr. Biden cannot pass national red flag legislation without Congress, officials said the goal of the guidance was to make it easier for states that want to adopt it to do so now. The department also plans to release a comprehensive report on firearms trafficking, which it has not done since 2000.

Mr. Biden’s jobs plan calls on Congress to invest $5 billion over eight years to support evidence-based community violence intervention programs. Officials would not say whether they planned to try to increase the budget for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a move gun control advocates have pressed for.

Biden would ideally do all of this through Congress and codify his gun reform objectives into law, but Democrats have very vulnerable majorities in the House and Senate. Add this to the fact that some Democrats, especially in the Senate, oppose getting rid of the filibuster rule that would make it easier for Democrats to govern.

So, executive orders are the best Biden can do at the moment.

The House passed two gun reform bills last month that would expand background checks on commercial gun sales, but they will certainly face an uphill battle in the senate.

Keep in mind that Biden will announce his executive orders on the very day that a former NFL player is believed to have killed five people, including himself, in a mass shooting in South Carolina on Thursday morning.

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create a rule that would slow the rise of “ghost guns” within 30 days.

BFD. First, no “ghost guns” have been used in the spree shootings to date. So making a change here even way back in Obama’s presidency wouldn’t have changed any of the past 5 years shootings.

Second, the parts that are at issue, and make these possible, are not illegal. And the BATF can’t issue any kind of regulation that would make it illegal or impossible to sell the parts without Congressional approval — and this includes something that would require background checks. The law actually says that if you make a working firearm with the part, you are required to register it (yeah, I know).

This puts effective regulation of these right back into the hands of Congress. The parts that are of concern should be issued a serial number by the manufacturer, and buyers subjected to the most stringent type of background check as the type of firearm they could be placed into — usually a handgun.

The DOJ will also be expected to create a rule that devices marked as stabilizing braces, which turn pistols into short-barreled rifles, be subject to the National Firearms Act.

Again, BFD. None of the shootings that have occurred in the past several years would have been impacted by this. In fact, none of the changes Biden announced today would have been impacted — they are all “feel good” announcements.

What will be required to make real changes that might eventually keep the weapons out of the hands out of future shooters is Congressional action. And too many of those idiots are sucking on the teats of the NRA and big Firearm to care that constituents are being shot on a far too frequent basis.