President Joe Biden will sign a gun control executive order that would ban “ghost guns” on Thursday. Many consider this move to be a direct assault on the Second Amendment.
Apart from banning such weapons, the said action may also involve a directive against “assault” weapons. However, whether the order will actually involve this remains unclear.
As per a Politico report, Biden is expected to reveal a number of executive orders aimed to curb gun violence. Also, the president will instruct his administration to start the process that would require buyers of “ghost guns” to undergo background checks. Attorney General Merrick Garland will reportedly join Biden at the event.
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Over 100 Democrats signed a letter that demands the president to take action against “assault weapons” last week. These Democrats cited a gun control law created initially to regulate the selling of machine guns in the mid-1930s. In later decades, lawmakers updated the said legislation to keep up with the evolution of technology. The Democrats claim that the measure would allow the president to ban such weapons without Congress’ approval.
Many expect the president to push back on using executive orders to possibly go beyond regulating “ghost guns,” which would send the topic back to the Congress democrats.
Biden Administration on Gun Control: Legislative Fixes Still the Priority
Responding to the criticisms from gun control activists, who say the administration moves too slowly, the White House said that legislative fixes are their priority. The president will likely make this point again on Thursday. Apart from this, he will also likely express his support for bills that would expand background checks and close what many call the Charleston loophole. This said loophole allows firearm transfer from licensed gun dealers prior to the completion of a background check. The president will also likely propose legislation that would keep guns away from those considered a danger to themselves or others.
Last month, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki alluded that Buden would sign gun control-related executive actions that would go against the Second Amendment.
When asked about executive orders connected to gun control, Psaki said that people should expect that Biden would sign them. Back then, however, she said she couldn’t provide an exact time frame since they needed to conduct a review.