President Biden on Tuesday unveiled an executive order (EO) that will broaden the definition of a firearms dealer and expand background checks to cover more firearm sales.
Biden announced the executive order during a visit to Monterey Park, California, where he met with families and community members affected by the January mass killing that claimed 11 lives and injured nine others.
According to the White House, this order will help bring the country closer to achieving universal background checks without the need for additional legislation.
It’s time for Congress to ban assault weapons – we did it in 1994, and shootings dropped. After Republicans in Congress let it expire – mass shootings tripled.— President Biden (@POTUS) March 14, 2023
Today, I’m signing an Executive Order to fight gun violence, but Congress must act.
Enough is enough.
“President Biden continues to deliver meaningful action to save lives from gun violence,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action in a press release obtained by GunsAmerica.
“Our grassroots army helped pass the first federal gun safety law in a generation and we’re now proud to support this Administration fully implementing the law and using every tool in their disposal to keep our families and communities safe,” she added.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearm industry trade association, takes exception with President Biden’s executive order stating that in the name of “doing something,” the Biden administration is chilling fundamental Constitutional rights and simply rehashing existing laws, many of which were previously supported by the firearm industry.
“The Biden administration should demand that soft-on-crime prosecutors and lawmakers use the laws already in existence to lock up criminals that misuse firearms to prey on innocent Americans,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
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“Instead, this administration continues to scapegoat the firearm industry for its unwillingness to address crime.,” he continued. “The failure of this administration to seriously address spiraling crime and instead focus its attacks on a Constitutionally-protected industry that works diligently to remain in compliance with laws and regulations and actively cooperates with law enforcement, especially ATF, exposes the lack of urgency Americans demand to curb rampant and out-of-control crime.”
The executive order will also direct Attorney General Merrick Garland to develop and put in place a comprehensive plan to prevent former federally licensed firearms dealers, whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered, from continuing to engage in the business of dealing in firearms.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because the firearm industry already worked with Congress to update the statutory definition of “in the business,” in the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which was passed last year and signed into law by President Biden. The update defined those Americans “in the business” of selling firearms as those “predominantly earning a profit.”
The executive order will also aim to enhance public awareness of extreme protection orders, such as “red flag” laws, and safe storage of firearms, and promote their effective use through collaboration with law enforcement, health care providers, educators, and other community leaders.
📢 NRA Statement on Biden’s Executive Order— NRA (@NRA) March 14, 2023
Crimes are committed by criminals. Until President Biden and his allies decide to go after violent criminals, violence will continue to spiral out of control as it has. The focus of our laws and efforts should be on the criminal… https://t.co/nrP3aoagEx
Additionally, the executive order will instruct the secretary of transportation to collaborate with the Department of Justice to develop strategies to minimize the loss or theft of firearms during shipment, even though the firearm industry has already been consistently addressing compliance with federal regulations to report the loss or theft of firearms during shipping.
According to the White House, the executive order will hold the gun industry accountable by giving the public and policyholders “more information regarding federally licensed firearms dealers who are violating the law.” It directs the attorney general to make public the records of the ATF’s inspections of firearms dealers that have been cited for violating federal firearm laws.
The NSSF rejected the Biden administration’s attempt to weaponize the “zero tolerance” policy of revoking federal firearms licenses for minor clerical errors by compounding that ill-conceived policy to expand it to a “name-and-shame” effort. Firearm retailers are the front line for ensuring firearms are sold only to those legally able to purchase them and “zero-tolerance” risks the cooperative relationship between firearm retailers and the ATF.
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This weaponization of the ATF would codify the Biden administration’s efforts to transform the ATF from a law enforcement and regulatory agency to one that is a political arm of an anti-gun administration.
The EO also enhances background checks for gun buyers under 21, adds penalties for some gun criminals and provides funding for a variety of health and mental health-related programs. It also addresses closing the so-called “boyfriend loophole,” which is a gap in federal law that means spousal domestic abusers can have gun rights taken away but not unmarried ones.
“The president is going to continue to fight for common sense gun safety legislation, and there are all sorts of pieces of legislation we need,” said a senior administration official. “But in the meantime, [the president] wants the federal government to be doing all we can with existing authority to reduce gun violence. And that is what this executive order does.”
Does this order reduce gun violence, or is this just another order made in the name of “doing something” to strip law-abiding citizens of their fundamental Constitutional rights?
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So, after the expiration of the loved-and-lamented-by-the-left AWB, mass shootings tripled. Hmmm, as i recall they went from like 2 to like 5?. And that was before they started counting murder-suicides and gang-to-gang shootemups and cop/gang shoitouts and private-citizen-defensive-actions. Sorta like moving the decimal point over on children-killed-by-gunfire by including, progressively, 21, 23, 25, and now i hear 28-year-olds as childeren. “There are 3 kinds of untruths; lies, damn lies, and statistics”. People keep saying this country is toast. I say, we’re tough, but biden is getting real crunchy.
Oh, and a hand to TYRANT ELIMINATOR for making ol bloodoggie look reasonably reasonable.
Clearly unconstitutional, since selling one’s personal property is none of the gov’ments bizness.
This is not an infringement whatsoever and SCOTUS has previously upheld similar legislation.
Doesn’t mean it’s the correct decision. Before you know it you’re a subject, let that sink in serf.
This is all part of the Democrats Marxist plan for America. First they create an environment conducive to criminal violence, then they spread propaganda that the only way to stop the violence is to disarm the public. Disarming law abiding citizens is paramount to removing any hope of resistance to complete control.
“…this order will help bring the country closer to achieving universal background checks without the need for additional legislation.” Just like when Ubama complained about that pesky Constitution standing in his way, this petty tyrant would like to just pretend there is no Legislative (or Judicial) branch(es) to restrain him.
FJB and his agenda!👹
Best way to handle this is thru the courts. Get on the juries. The jurist has the right to judge the law as well as the facts. Nullify the laws by aquitting the innocent.
Queue up Blue Dog to write something stupid…
This fraud of a president needs to go, what a buffoon, he wrecks everything he touches.
Yes, but only at the next election cycle. Can you imagine a President Kamala Harris? She’s Uncle Joe’s best assurance of finishing his term — regardless of his mental state!
Just like Crazy Joe was Ubama’s best insurance policy.
This is when honesty, knowledge of our law, and of this subject comes into vital importance. The vast majority of lawyers are either ignorant, or cowardly when it comes to this critical aspect of our law.
Our government operates under the principle of checks and balances. How do we the people, who are the author and source of the law, check the infringements of government if we are unwilling to maintain and act in accordance with the institution that the founders codified in the Constitution?
Everyone in the Second Amendment community live and die by the last 14 words of the 2nd amendment. They completely ignore the first 13 words, which give us the reason for the amendment and how it’s enforced. They ignore the clauses in the Constitution, for which the Second Amendment was adopted; Article I, Section 8, Clause 15 and 16.
Militia is the People’s law enforcement, superseding all government agencies. In the Militia Statutes there already exists background checks, but those checks are conducted by We the People, not bureaucrats who have no business knowing what we own.
Let’s go Brandon! FJB
FJB, I’m hoping the day comes when creepyjoe steps off of Air Force One and he trips and breaks his neck. Si Vis Pacem Parabellum!
Most EO’s are unlawful, therefore, null and void. POTUS does not have the right to implement laws, only sign them into law after The house and Senate have passed the legislation. EO’s are only for POTUS to give direction/orders to those within his jurisdiction, the Executive branch. i.e. Military, Law Enforcement, etc…. This is how I understand the Constitution and the role of EO’s.
If YOU ALL ARE WILLING to BEND OVER TO THESE SATANIC NAZI WANNABE POWER HAPPY CONTROL FREAK HUMAN GIVEN government JOB TITLED TERRORIST TYRANT CRIMINALS, then YOU ALL WILL DEFINITELY BEND OVER for the ANTICHRIST. 100% FACT.
From my cold dead hands!
BRAIN DEAD BIDEN HAS NO SAY, NOR DO ANY OF HIS ANUS SUCKING SHEEPLE MINIONS, PERIOD. OUR GOD GIVEN NATURAL BORN CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED INALIENABLE RIGHTS ARE NOT UP FOR NOR WILL EVER BE UP FOR DEBATE BY ANY HUMAN, PERIOD. NO HUMAN CAN TOUCH YOUR INALIENABLE RIGHTS UNLESS YOU BEND OVER WILLINGLY LIKE COWARDS AND ALLOW THEM TOO, PERIOD, I REALLY SUGGEST YOU ALL START GROWING or FINDING YOUR BALLS AND START MANNING THE F CK UP.
Would this have stopped Baldwin from killing an innocent person??? Will it stop gang violence???
Will it stop mass shootings? will it stop car jackings?
if you answered yes to 1 or more then you need to take your dumb ass and move to another country!