A number of Republican elected officials are crafting legislation to stave off potential gun grabs under a potential Biden administration.
The presumptive President-elect Joe Biden has a long track record of supporting gun control while he was the Senator of Delaware. For example, Biden helped pass the 1990 Gun-Free School Zones Act and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, some of the landmark gun control legislation of the 1990s.
Under his administration, Biden would continue his gun-grabbing crusade. News9 listed off some of Biden’s anti-gun plan:
Biden’s plan includes a ban the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, similar to the assault weapons ban of 1994; it would regulate possession of existing assault weapons under the National Firearms Act; the plan would also buy back the assault weapons and high-capacity magazines already in our communities; and require background checks for all gun sales and end the online sale of firearms and ammunition.
However, one Oklahoma State Senator is ready to challenge any kind of federal gun control action. Senator Nathan Dahm revealed he’s working on legislation that would turn Oklahoma into a Second Amendment sanctuary.
“Meaning that those cities, those states, those counties that enact this will not implement any unconstitutional gun control measures,” Dahm commented.
In addition, Dahm said he is flirting with the idea of including language that would keep police from carrying out gun control measures.
“A lot of how the feds try to implement these things is through local law enforcement, whether it’s county sheriffs, local police departments, and they try to attach funding to that to force those cities and counties to do that. So what we could do is make sure that those cities and counties don’t accept any federal funding to implement any gun control measures,” he remarked.
The U.S. is in uncharted waters right now. Although there will likely be a divided Congress, any kind of crisis could make the political establishment coalesce to create a gun control “solution” to placate the anti-gun media. Senator Dahm has the right instincts in mind by making sure to proactively defend his state from potential anti-gun depredations coming from the federal government.
Real change will likely come about from below.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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