On Thursday, Biden said there will be new executive actions and legislative proposals on gun control, according to Fox News.
In the Rose Garden, Biden said he wants to “confront not just the gun crisis but what is actually a public health crisis.”
Biden boldly claimed that gun violence is “a public health crisis.”
Biden claimed his executive actions do not infringe upon 2nd Amendment rights.
Brady United president Kris Brown, former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., and Fred Guttenberg were among the high-profile gun control activists in attendance.
Biden continued, “Nothing I’m about to recommend in any way impinges on the Second Amendment.”
“These are phony arguments suggesting that these are Second Amendment rights at stake from what we’re talking about,” he added.
“But no amendment to the Constitution is absolute … From the very beginning, you couldn’t own any weapon you wanted to own,” he continued.
“From the very beginning 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.
David Chipman was formally announced as the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
VP Kamala Harris added, “I’ve seen with my own two eyes what a bullet can do to the human body … and I’ve fought my entire career to fight this violence and to pass reasonable gun safety measures.”
“What are we waiting for? Cause we aren’t waiting for a tragedy… We’ve had more tragedy than we can bear,” Harris mentioned.
“The solutions exist… people on both sides of the aisle want action, real people … so all that is left is the will and the courage to act,” Harris concluded.
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An administration official detailed the actions to reporters on Wednesday. Among them, Biden is asking the Justice Department (DOJ) to propose within a month a rule to stop “ghost guns,” which are “kits” people can buy legally to assemble a functioning firearm that does not have a serial number.
Biden is also asking the DOJ to propose within 60 days a rule on braces used for handguns, which make them more accurate; to propose action on “community violence intervention”; to publish suggestions for “red flag” legislation; and is asking his administration to issue a report on gun trafficking…
The Biden administration is also expected to throw its weight behind gun control proposals in Congress.
“Enough prayers, time for some action,” Biden said of Congress. “I believe the Senate should immediately pass three House-passed bills to close loopholes that allow gun purchases, purchasers, to bypass the background checks.”
He also pushed for two gun control laws that would go even further than that.
“We should also ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country,” Biden said. He said “there’s no reason” a person would need a weapon that can hold “100 rounds.”
“We should also eliminate gun manufacturers from the immunity they receive from the Congress,” Biden said, referring to the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), a law that prevents gunmakers from being sued for crimes committed with guns they sell legally.
“This is the only outfit that is exempt from being sued,” he continued. “If I get one thing on my list… give me that one because I tell you what there would be a come to the Lord moment these folks would have real quickly.”
Some of Biden’s claims during the press conference are regularly disputed by Republicans, including that gun manufacturers can’t be sued and that background checks aren’t required at gun shows.