Biden Pushes For Gun Control Despite Legal, Congressional Pushback

President Joe Biden is persistently advocating for stricter gun control measures, but many of his proposals are currently in limbo due to court cases, congressional scrutiny, or strong opposition from Republican lawmakers. With the help of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act and various federal agencies, Biden has already implemented several measures, including extensive background checks, ghost gun rules, red flag law funding, pistol stabilizer rules, and a "zero tolerance" rule for gun dealers. On Tuesday, he plans to introduce additional gun control measures. Despite challenges, Biden remains steadfast in his anti-gun agenda, as noted by Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) Founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb in remarks to the Daily Caller News Foundation. Gottlieb emphasized that Biden has never let the public opinion, courts or the Bill of Rights hinder his stance on this important constitutional issue.

The Biden administration has faced allegations of attempting to circumvent the U.S. Constitution and extend firearm registration requirements in the United States. In April 2022, the administration, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), introduced a final regulation for "frame and receiver" components of ghost guns, which was intended to track personalized and unserialized firearms. In February 2023, after the ATF's announcement of the pistol brace final rule, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and the Gun Owners Of America (GOA), a Second Amendment advocacy group, filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration and ATF, citing the rule as "dangerous" and "unconstitutional," according to a statement. In March, Paxton requested a temporary injunction against the regulation.

Since assuming the presidency, Biden has directed the ATF to implement a "zero tolerance" approach towards gun dealers, resulting in a 16-year peak in FFL (Federal Firearms License) revocations in 2022. The surge in license revocations, which reached 92 in 2022 alone, is attributable to the revised procedures and the new policy adopted by the ATF. The agency no longer necessarily goes through a multi-step process, instead often opting to revoke licenses for various "willful" breaches.

Biden's repeated appeal for the so-called "assault weapon" prohibitions has caused discomfort among many Republican legislators. In February, a group of 15 Republican attorneys general sent a letter criticizing Biden and rejecting his proposal to restrict gun rights. The coalition raised concerns about Biden's characterization of "assault weapons," stating that his appeal for Congress to ban them is "unconstitutional and irresponsible," as per the letter.

Despite facing legal challenges, congressional scrutiny, and opposition from lawmakers, Biden intends to unveil a fresh series of executive orders on gun control during his visit to the site of the Monterey Park, California mass shooting. This latest move by President Biden is a clear indication of his disregard for the Second Amendment and his eagerness to infringe on the rights of law-abiding individuals to advance his anti-gun campaign.

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