Asked by a reporter during Friday’s White House briefing if we should be expecting executive orders from the President on gun measures, Press Secretary Jennifer Psaki very matter-of-factly replied, “Yes.”
“I can’t give you an exact time frame in part, because they have to go through a review process, which is something that we do from here,” she said.
“I will note that when we, when the president was the vice president in the Obama-Biden administration, he helped put in place twenty three executive actions to combat gun violence. It’s one of the levers that we can use, that any federal government, any president can use, to help address the prevalence of gun violence and address community safety around the country,” Psaki added.
Psaki just confirmed that Biden WILL sign executive orders on gun control pic.twitter.com/dI8ntKjeTs
— Not the Bee (@Not_the_Bee) March 26, 2021
The renewed focus on gun control comes in the wake of the mass shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, and Boulder, Colorado.
According to the New York Post’s Steven Nelson, “the White House is considering orders to require background checks for “ghost guns” that can be manufactured at home without serial numbers and a requirement that local cops be notified if someone fails an FBI background check to buy a gun from a registered dealer, according to recent reports.”
Neither of these actions would have prevented the bloodshed in Atlanta or in Boulder. Both shooters passed background checks.
Because of a stubborn thing called the Second Amendment, Biden cannot issue an executive order to ban gun sales.
In the case District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court “ruled that individuals have a right to keep and bear arms, unconnected with service in a militia, for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.”
Biden also called on Congress to pass gun control legislation. According to a report from KIRO 7, Biden told reporters, “I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future. And to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act. We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again.”
Unless Democrats find a way to eliminate the filibuster, it’s unlikely any meaningful gun control action could pass the 50-50 Senate.