WASHINGTON, DC — As President Joe Biden moves to outlaw more types of firearms as part of his unprecedented push to regulate them via executive orders, Congressman August Pluger blasted the Democrat administration for restricting Second Amendment Rights of law-abiding Americans.
Biden told the world that gun violence is a “public health crisis” and lamented about an “international embarrassment” of gun violence in the United States.
In Biden's address yesterday (Apr. 8), he outlined a slew of executive orders to “stop the proliferation of ‘ghost gun’” building kits within 30 days. Ghost guns are built using kits that can be purchased online. Those worried about these types of homebuilt firearms claim minors and prohibited purchasers can buy and build without a background check. While most ghost gun builders are hobbyists, ghost gun proponents expect a key component needed for popular kits, the 80% receiver, and possibly other components will be made illegal to buy soon.
Biden then gave the Department of Justice 60 days to reclassify pistols with stabilizing braces as short-barreled rifles, citing examples of how the braces could be abused to harm people. Gun accountability groups claim the brace transforms a pistol into a short "assault rifle." Under current law, rifles with barrels less than 16 inches must be registered as well as meet additional criteria. By attaching a brace to a pistol, the contraption appears similar to what opponents of lenient gun regulations could consider menacing, and they argue that the braced pistol category, if one can name it that, is a way to circumvent the current gun regulations.
Biden also asked the department to publish an “annual report on firearms trafficking and annual updates necessary to give policymakers the information they need to help address firearms trafficking today.” Harkening back to a similar report written in 2000, Biden said such a report can provide updated data for lawmakers as background to more easily enact additional legislation restricting gun rights.
Biden also called for a ban on high-capacity magazines. Then he threatened a death sentence to gun manufacturers when he said that if he could pick one item to implement from his reform list, it would be allowing gun manufacturers to be sued.
Pfluger issued a short statement following Biden's announcements, suggesting that Biden's current executive orders are just the beginning of the Democrat administration's efforts to suspend parts of the Second Amendment.
“Today President Biden is announcing another step in his party’s long-term scheme to strip law-abiding Americans of our Second Amendment Rights. Again, he is ruling by the power of the pen and completely skirting the legislative branch in his quest to snatch power from the American people.”
During Biden's announcement, the president said that the Second Amendment is not absolute.
"But no amendment — no amendment to the Constitution is absolute. You can’t yell crowd — you can’t tell [yell]* “fire” in a crowded movie theater and call it freedom of speech. From the very beginning, you couldn’t own any weapon you wanted to own. From the very beginning that the Second Amendment existed, certain people weren’t allowed to have weapons. So the idea is just bizarre to suggest that some of the things we’re recommending are contrary to the Constitution," Biden said.