President Joe Biden is set to unveil his “long-awaited” executive action on guns this Thursday, a plan that will reportedly place a ban on what are known as “ghost guns” which are makeshift and often produced by 3D printers.
What’s not clear at the moment is whether or not Biden will be taking any further action on “assault” weapons, however, given the limitations smartly placed on the executive order function, along with concerns that a unilateral ban would just invite Constitutional litigation, it doesn’t seem likely anything will be done.
“President Joe Biden is expected to unveil a long-awaited package of executive actions to curb gun violence Thursday at the White House, according to four people familiar with the plan,” Politico reported Wednesday. “Biden will direct the administration to begin the process of requiring buyers of so-called ghost guns — homemade or makeshift firearms that lack serial numbers — to undergo background checks, according to three people who have spoken to the White House about the plans. He is expected to be joined at the event by Attorney General Merrick Garland.”
More than 100 Democrats signed a letter last week demanding that Biden take executive action on so-called “assault weapons” that are “concealable,” citing a gun control law authored to regulate the sale of machine guns, initially, in the mid-1930s, and updated in later decades to keep up with technology. The group argued that the measure allows Biden to move on banning such firearms without the approval or input of Congress, which is so evenly split, it is unlikely any assault weapons ban would pass.
Biden, Politico notes, is expected to push back on the possibility of executive action beyond merely regulating “ghost guns,” and tossing the difficult subject of gun control back to House and Senate Democrats, particularly measures expanding federal background checks and curbing the sale of both assault weapons and “high-capacity magazines.”
“In response to criticism from gun control advocacy groups that his administration has moved too slowly on executive actions, the Biden White House has responded that legislative fixes are a priority,” Politico said in their piece. “Biden is likely to make the same point on Thursday, in addition to expressing support for bills to expand background checks and close the so-called Charleston loophole that allows a gun to be transferred from licensed gun dealers before a completed background check. He also is likely to push for legislation to keep guns away from people believed to be a danger to themselves or others, as well as a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”
Whatever is in the executive order on guns, plenty of pro-second amendment groups are already planning to legally challenge it, defending the right to bear arms with passion.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill into law on Tuesday, HB2111, which would prevent state and local governments from putting into place any new gun control laws that come out of D.C.
This is how you fight tyranny, folks. Let’s hope the court battles are won in favor of the Constitution.