Ban on 'ghost pistols' and assault weapons: Biden responded harshly to mass shootings
US President Joe Biden on Thursday, April 8, announced a series of executive measures and legislative proposals on arms control. He argued that gun violence was a crisis and that the administration’s actions were consistent with Second Amendment rights (gun ownership). Writes about it Fox News.
The administration is committed to "confronting not only a crisis with weapons, but also a crisis of public health," Biden said in his speech. Vice President Kamala Harris supported him.
“Nothing I'm going to recommend is in any way contrary to the Second Amendment,” Biden said.
Then he added: “But no amendment to the Constitution is absolute. From the very beginning, you could not own any weapon that you wanted to own. There was a Second Amendment from the beginning, but only a few people were not allowed to have weapons. So the idea that some of the things we recommend are contrary to the Constitution is just weird. "
Several prominent gun control activists attended, including Brady United President Chris Brown, former Rep. Gabby Giffords, and Fred Guttenberg.
Biden will ask the Department of Justice (DOJ) to propose within a month a rule outlawing the use of "ghost weapons," meaning "kits" that people can legally buy to assemble a valid firearm without a serial number.
Biden asks, among other things: the Department of Justice to propose actions to “intervene in community violence” within 60 days; publish proposals for red flag legislation; the presidential administration to issue a report on arms trafficking.
The head of state officially announced David Chipman as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
A senior administration official said Chipman will respect the Second Amendment as long as he enforces gun laws.
“I have seen firsthand what a bullet can do to a human body, and have fought this violence throughout my career and have taken reasonable safety precautions when handling weapons,” Harris said.
"What are we waiting for? We've had more tragedies than we can handle, ”she said. - Solutions exist, people want real action. Therefore, all that remains is the will and courage to act. "
The Biden administration is expected to support congressional arms control proposals.
“Stop praying, it's time to act,” Biden said. "I believe the Senate should immediately pass three bills passed by the House of Representatives to close loopholes that allow gun buyers to bypass background checks."
He insists on two firearms control laws that go even further.
“We should ban assault weapons and high-capacity stores in this country,” Biden said. The President is convinced that there is “no reason” for a person to need a weapon that can hold 100 rounds.
“We also need to strip gun manufacturers of the immunity they get from Congress,” Biden said, referring to the Lawful Arms Trade Protection Act (PLCAA). Note that this law prohibits suing weapons manufacturers for crimes committed with weapons that they legally sell.
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“This is the only organization that is not subject to legal action,” he continued.
Some of Biden's assertions during the press conference are regularly challenged by Republicans, in particular the fact that weapons manufacturers should be sued, and background checks should be introduced at arms exhibitions.
Indeed, the PLCAA only protects against claims for "harm caused solely by criminal or illegal abuse of firearms or ammunition." This is not taken into account, for example, if the weapon is defective or if it was deliberately transferred to a person who is prohibited from owning it.
In addition, the "loophole at arms exhibitions" is not really related to arms exhibitions. All federal licensed commercial dealers at gun shows or other locations must conduct background checks. But federal law allows a small number of nonprofit vendors who don't need to be licensed to sell weapons without background checks. These sales sometimes happen at gun shows.
Meanwhile, Republicans have questioned Biden's agenda that goes further than he previously announced.
“By appointing firearms adversary Merrick Garland as attorney general and David Chipman, a former senior member of the leading gun control lobby, as head of the ATF, Biden made it clear that his goals are aimed at limiting the rights of law-abiding gun owners while ignoring criminals and abandoning substantial measures that will effectively protect Americans, ”the National Rifle Association (NRA) said in a statement.
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“In addition, the proposals that Biden announced could require law-abiding citizens to surrender their legal property and allow states to expand their weapons confiscation orders. The NRA will fight this appointment and the ill-conceived actions of the executive branch, ”the NRA said.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy added: “President Biden plans to announce his attempts to trample on our constitutional rights. He violates the rights of law-abiding citizens. We will not tolerate this. "
Senator Ted Cruz said: “The answer is not to limit the rights of law-abiding citizens under the Second Amendment. The answer is to chase down violent criminals and crash down on them like a ton of bricks. "
Attorney General Merrick Garland also spoke on this matter. He believes that control over firearms is necessary to prevent further "tragedy" associated with their use.
“We are not standing here today at the time of the tragedy, but in the midst of the ongoing tragedy,” Garland said.
Brady United, one of the most influential firearms control groups in the United States, declared Biden and Harris "the most powerful gun safety players in history."
“President Biden's actions are historic and will have an immediate impact. This is a tangible and effective policy that will save lives, ”Brown commented on the president's actions.
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