Well, you knew it was coming. The BidenHarris White House has let their stenographers in the press know that they’ll announce executive actions on gun control tomorrow.
— National Shooting Sports Foundation | NSSF (@NSSF) April 7, 2021
And, as expected, the big item on the regulation-through-executive-order agenda looks to be “ghost guns.”
As Politico reports . . .
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.
Other executive actions remain unclear. But stakeholders have speculated that the president could announce regulations on concealed assault-style firearms; prohibitions on firearm purchases for those convicted of domestic violence against their partners; and federal guidance on home storage safety measures.
Keep in mind that the ATF is already defending against a lawsuit brought by Biden’s current health secretary Xavier Becerra and others, when he was in his previous post as California’s attorney general. That suit seeks to force the gun regulator to classify 80% lowers and frames as firearms, forcing buyers of the parts and kits to undergo a background check.
We’ll also be watching to see if Grampy McUnity goes after AR-15 pistols and braces, forcing the ATF to regulate them under the National Firearms Act as short barrel rifles.
Of course, there’s nothing about either AR or AK pistols (or arm brace) that would make them covered under the language of the NFA. Then again, there was nothing about bump stocks that could even remotely be classified as a machine gun…but that didn’t stop the last president from pushing that through.
Speaking of the ATF . . .
One other announcement Biden could make on Thursday is the introduction of his nominee to be the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who will play a key role in any executive branch action on guns. His nominee could be tough to get through a Senate split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats. The ATF has had mostly acting directors since the position became Senate-confirmed. Todd Jones was confirmed as ATF director in 2013 after a years-long stint as acting director.
We understand from some of our friends in the gun rights community that lawsuits are being drafted as we speak to challenge what will likely be blatantly unconstitutional limits in Americans’ right to keep and bear arms imposed by executive order.
Does anyone think anything Biden will announce tomorrow will have the slightest impact on crimes involving firearms in this country?