Reportedly, the Biden administration wants to schedule a controversial vote on gun control bills within the next few weeks. The moves come after President Joe Biden called on Congress to crack down on Second Amendment rights.
Reviving Gun Control Bills
A Punchbowl News report said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats, after passing the American Rescue Plan, will now turn their attention to other items on their agenda. In particular, This includes drafting laws to tighten gun control. Additionally, Democrats will “push through as much legislation as they can” within the next two weeks.
Some of the reported legislation includes reviving HR 8 of 2019, or the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. Specifically, HR 8 aims to use the current US background checks process to prevent individuals prohibited from gun possession from obtaining firearms. Another bill proposes to close the so-called “Charleston Loophole,” which allows gun purchases to continue within three days even with an incomplete background check. In fact, both bills passed the House during the previous Congress. However, the Republican-majority Senate managed to block the bills from passing.
NRA Tweets Warning
The National Rifle Association tweeted a warning on March 2. The group warned gun advocates of Biden’s “extreme gun control” agenda. Additionally, they said that moves to push it will surface in Congress within the next few weeks. “Sources in DC report that Congress will be voting on Biden’s extreme gun control legislation as early as next week. Possible that they will bypass the committee process. Stay tuned, NRA members,” the NRA tweeted.
Previously, Biden wrote Congress urging to pass more gun control bills. “I am calling on Congress to enact common-sense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets,” he wrote.
The Daily Wire reported that some of Biden’s proposals remain unclear. The call to ban assault weapons likely referred to semiautomatic weapons. However, semi-automatics remain legal for civilian use. The proposal isn't clear if current semiautomatic weapon owners can keep their guns. If not, this law would turn into a gun confiscation program.
In addition, Biden called on Congress to hold gun manufacturers liable. He said manufacturers who ‘knowingly put weapons of war on our streets’ are liable. The term “weapons of war” is unclear. In fact, civilian firearms do not have access to weapons that the military uses. US gun manufacturers can only sell semi-automatic firearms to civilians. Also, the proposal looks to bankrupt manufacturers. Actually, the proliferation of guns in the streets is likely a matter of criminal activity.
No Limit on Limiting The Second Amendment
“There is seemingly little limit to what Biden wants to target when it comes to the Second Amendment, ranging from taxing gun owners, banning magazines ‘that can hold multiple bullets in them,’ offering ‘no compromise‘ on the issue and making other incoherent remarks like claiming that a ‘rational policy‘ on guns is making sure you cannot have 20, 30, 40, 50 clips in a weapon,'” The Daily Wire reported. “While on the campaign trail, Biden said that far-left gun control activist Beto O’Rourke was going to be the one who leads this effort’ for the Biden administration. O’Rourke has called for confiscating firearms from Americans,” it added.
Meanwhile, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that Biden is open to use other methods. The administration looks to bypass Congress and instead issue executive orders.
Four Prong Attack Against Firearms Ownership
Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, said in a recent interview that Biden launched a “four-prong attack against firearms ownership” that targets the entire country. This attack does not include the executive orders Biden reportedly considers to issue.
“One is universal background check is really a universal registration system. Second is banning assault weapons and then defining assault weapons as almost any semi-automatic firearm. The third is banning magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, you know, again, hurts people twice for self-defense in our country, and then attacking the firearms industry so that any criminal that goes out and misuses a gun, the gun manufacturer can be sued for it, it’s going to put the industry out of business and nobody can buy a gun,” Gottlieb says.
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