Well, remember, Biden did say that he was going to take our AR-15s away from us and promised that Beto (the Fake Mexican) O’Rourke (who also said that) as his gun control czar. And that held be rolling on this issue on Day One.
Promises, promises – he’s about as good on that as he is on doing multi-variate calculus….or coherently finishing a sentence on a teleprompter (and sometimes, not even then). But today, he’s outlined 6 (SIX!) components to his “gun control” Executive Order Agenda. Which to say, ain’t much. From least to worst:
5) Direct the DOJ to start keeping statistics on “firearms trafficking.”
I’m not sure this is going to do anything about gun violence crime but is he going to start the clock from Obama’s Fast and Furious where Obummer tried to trick normally legal FFL holders into doing “not so legal” sales for US officials to run those guns down to Mexico and into the cartels’ hands? Or will this be politically minded, like doing the stats that Chicago is always kvetching about guns coming from “less strict (and far less gun crimes)” States and thereby deflect they are the problem instead of Chicago? Can we call this “gun cover”?
4) Investments in “community violence interventions” (whatever the heck that means).
Oh, I DO know that that will be – sending $1 billion to gun control/Leftist supporting groups like Obama did for “voter registration” (ACORN ring a bell?).
- The American Jobs Plan proposes a $5 billion investment over eight years to support community violence intervention programs. A key part of community violence intervention strategies is to help connect individuals to job training and job opportunities.
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is organizing a webinar and toolkit to educate states on how they can use Medicaid to reimburse certain community violence intervention programs, like Hospital-Based Violence Interventions.
- Five federal agencies are making changes to 26 different programs to direct vital support to community violence intervention programs as quickly as possible. These changes mean we can start increasing investments in community violence interventions as we wait on Congress to appropriate additional funds. Read more about these agency actions here…
3) Direct the Dept of Justice to develop a “model Law” for Emergency Protection Orders (“Red Flag” Laws).
That can either be Nationalized or have States adopt it. And I’m betting it will be as Constitutional with respect to Due Process as what the NH School Board’s Policy JBAB is on the protection on Free Speech. If no one adopts this (and I don’t see this passing through Congress), it’s a meh attempt. What is “curious” is that
The administration suggested that the model legislation could act as a stand-in until Congress and state legislatures pass permanent red flag legislation of their own.
I don’t even know what that means – have we descended into some type of Progressive 8th level of Hades that says if some bureaucrats whip up an unpassed law, we STILL are subject to it? Or is the plan to BRIBE States into adopting it?
2) Whether or not a stabilizing brace that “replaces” the buffer on an AR-15 style pistol turns it into an SBR
SBR is a small barrel rifle and if that makes it subject to the 1938 National Firearms Act making it subject to a $200 tax and most likely months of waiting for the ATF to do the paperwork. This will be done by Rulemaking – will it end up like Trump’s forcing the ATF to “Rule” that bump stocks are “machine guns”? That just got knocked down when a Federal court ruled that since it wasn’t in the 1938 / 1968 Laws, the Rule is invalid. Will this “Brace Law” end up in the same trash heap?
1) Ghost Guns and part kits (where the parts are unserialized).
This is most likely the worse of the bunch in that the Administration claims this is the cause of higher crime as guns can’t be traced. Look, I’m against crime and giving criminals more chances to do harm but why does the Biden (heck, ANY Democrat, for that matter) treat we law-abiding adults as if we are criminals? This won’t cut down on crime but may have a giant impact on gun hobbyists (the AR platform is as perfect a platform for tinkering as stereo systems were back in the day as well as computers nowadays) as well as disrupting the centuries-old tradition of Americans making their own guns. This isn’t about crime – it IS about Power and Control. I am hoping that this, too, will be decided in the courts that it ain’t kosher.
These all belong in the Legislative realm – enough of these Executive Orders to run Government.
Our Government was DESIGNED to stall out bad ideas and I’d be just as happy for this as well as anything else be tied up in the House and Senate for a lack of votes.
The President will nominate David Chipman to serve as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. ATF is the key agency enforcing our gun laws, and it needs a confirmed director in order to do the job to the best of its ability. But ATF has not had a confirmed director since 2015. Chipman served at ATF for 25 years and now works to advance commonsense gun safety laws.
Biden fails to mention that, while Chipman served in the ATF for 25-years, he’s also worked for the Michael Bloomberg-funded gun control group Mayors Against Illegal Guns before joining the gun control group Giffords as as senior policy advisor in 2016. For more about Chipman, including his recent mockery of new gun buyers in 2020, you can read my earlier report here.