Lawrence Keane: Biden launches gun industry broadside and takes aim against Second Amendment rights

President Joe Biden is keen on the arms industry. Thursday was the opening salvo.

He started with the false assumption that he would not violate the rights of the second amendment. In conclusion, he dreamed of destroying America’s firearms industry.

“Nothing, nothing that I am going to recommend will affect the second amendment in any way. These are bogus arguments suggesting that these are the second amendment rights that we are talking about. But none Change, no change in the constitution is absolute, “he said.

Nor is there a government transgression that President Biden is unwilling to take. He again called for a Congressional ban on modern sporting rifles (MSRs), more than 20 million of which are in circulation, and derided them as “weapons of war”.

“Nobody needs that,” he said.

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He also falsely told Americans that gun manufacturers cannot be sued. You can, but not, be sued for the criminal acts of others, just as automakers cannot be sued for fatalities caused by drunk drivers.

“If I have one thing on my list, when the gentleman came down and said, ‘Joe, you get one of these.’ Give me that, “President Biden added before introducing his candidate to begin his gun control agenda.

President Biden’s announcement that he would appoint David Chipman to head the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Bureau is an affront to not only the firearms industry but a slap in the face of law enforcement.

Chipman, the former ATF agent, sold his services to gun control groups, including his current role as senior policy advisor at Giffords Law Center for the prevention of gun violence.

Don’t make a mistake. Chipman is hardly a law enforcement man. His employer, Giffords, assisted the Black Lives Matter movement during the Defund the Police calls. Chipman was a political adviser when Giffords accused police of “gun violence” while US cities were burning. Chipman accused President Donald Trump of running vanity projects to quell violence in Portland last summer.

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Chipman may never get a verification hearing but can be appointed as the “acting” director. This is a disturbing reversal of years of proactive security cooperation between ATF and the firearms community. The men and women of ATF have a mission that is difficult enough. You deserve a leader with no political agenda.

The firearms industry has long-standing ATF partnerships to prevent the illegal purchase of firearms through straw and to prevent theft from firearms dealers. When firearms are stolen from gun stores, the National Shooting Sports Foundation complies with ATF reward offers to bring the criminals responsible to justice.

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That partnership is in jeopardy. President Biden’s promise of unity is in tatters. Unfortunately, he decided to be the “divider-in-chief”.

There were 21 million background checks for firearms sales last year. Among them were 8.4 million first-time gun buyers, including a 58 percent increase in African Americans buying firearms, a 49 percent increase in Hispanic Americans armed, and a 43 percent increase in firearms purchases by Asian Americans.

President Biden’s Executive Orders will accuse the Department of Justice (DOJ) of bypassing Congress to rewrite gun laws. Details are sparse, but it is the Biden government that is out to turn an American right into a government privilege.

Proposals include directing the DOJ to devise new rules that require all precursor weapon parts to be serialized and retailed with the same background check as a finished firearm. This would make building a firearm at home illegal without government approval. It has always been legal for law-abiding Americans to manufacture firearms in their home. However, this command would end it. This could also make it exponentially more difficult to repair or replace firearm parts.

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President Biden also instructs the DOJ to classify certain semi-automatic pistols equipped with armrests as tightly controlled short barrel rifles. These are elements of the National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934, which requires individuals to give photos, fingerprints, extensive and month-long government background checks, notifying the chief law enforcement officer, and paying a $ 200 tax to the government have to.

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The worrying trend is that President Biden is using the DOJ to target AR pistols and unilaterally redefine the classification of a firearm to put it in the same category as automatic machine guns. They would require the owner’s name to be placed on a government watch list. The inspectors can request a check of the status of the weapon at any time.

That is exactly what President Biden suggested during his campaign at the White House to do it with the AR-15 or the modern sporting rifle (MSR). He proposed reclassifying all of the more than 20 million MSRs in circulation today under the NFA and requiring owners to pay the tax, file fingerprints, photos and tax levies, or put them in a confiscation system.

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He has the man who would do it. Chipman openly advocated an outright ban on MSRs and told Congress in a testimony last year that using the DOJ to reclassify the weapon is the way to do that.

President Biden called the arms manufacturers “the enemy” on the campaign. Then he aimed. On Thursday he fired volleys against the rights of the second amendment.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is a trade organization and, like any other trade association, advocates for its members who are gun manufacturers, dealers, retailers and assortments.

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