Republicans in Congress and state houses on Thursday threatened legal action to try to reverse President Biden’s new gun control executive actions – while Donald Trump Jr. behind Hunter Biden went for his own arms purchase.
The actions of Biden, which the president announced on Thursday with Attorney General Merrick Garland behind him, would tackle so-called “ ghost weapons, ” tighten the requirements for pistol brackets and release reports on arms trafficking – while pushing for new laws. tightening background checks, banning assault weapons and holding gun makers accountable for their products in court.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called the new measures, following the mass Atlanta spas shootings and other tragedies, “unconstitutional” and promised to pursue “every option” to undo them.
Politico reported last March of an incident in 2018 where Hallie Biden threw a gun she found in a trash can in Hunter’s car. When Secret Service agents went to the gun store where Hunter had bought the 38 sales records, the owner refused to hand them over, in a complicated story. The gun, which was missing from the trash when Hallie Biden went back to look for it, reappeared days later.
According to Hunter’s receipt for the weapons purchase, which was obtained by Politico, he answered “no” to the question, “Are you an illegal user of or addicted to marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic, or other controlled substance?”
Hunter Biden was fired from the Navy after testing positive for cocaine.
President Joe Biden announced new gun control executive actions in the aftermath of the Atlanta spa attacks and other mass shootings. Republicans vow to prosecute to reverse ‘unconstitutional’ efforts
McCarthy tweeted, “President Biden has the [Justice Department] to enact new rules that are sure to result in unconstitutional violations. Republicans will vigorously oppose, pursuing every option – legislative or judicial – to protect the right to keep and bear arms from intrusion by this government. ‘
The House has already passed two bills to tighten background checks.
And amid the legal saber rattle, Donald Trump Jr. Biden for trying to “disarm” Americans, since his son Hunter was able to “lie” to get a firearm.
“Biden wants to disarm law-abiding US citizens with unconstitutional gun control measures, but his son Hunter is allowed to break the law and lie on federal background check forms to get a gun without consequence ???” said Trump Jr., a hunting enthusiast.
Republicans will vigorously oppose and pursue every option – legislative or judicial – to protect the right to keep and bear arms from intrusion by this government, ”said Kevin McCarthy, House minority leader.
Son vs. son: Donald Trump Jr. went after the new gun control measures, saying Hunter Biden could “ break the law and lie on federal background check forms ” to get a firearm
Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) also called the moves unconstitutional
Donald Trump Jr. brought up a bizarre incident involving a Hunter Biden firearm, saying he lied to get the permit
Other powerful Republicans also dangled legal action over President Biden’s actions.
“Today President Biden announced his efforts to trample our Second Amendment constitutional rights with fiat,” Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) said in a statement.
South Dakota Governor Krisi Noem, a Donald Trump loyalist, also joined the fight.
“Taking weapons with Red Flag laws is a violation,” she wrote. “Setting new limits on the sale of firearms is a violation.”
And West Virginia Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey also threatened to sue the government.
Biden Executive Actions on Guns
- Take crackdown on ‘ghost weapons’, which are made up of kits
- Tighten the requirements for gun brackets that enable more accurate shooting
- Justice Department will publish ‘red flag’ legislation for states
- Investment in evidence-based community violence interventions
- DoJ will issue an annual report on arms trade
“Defending the Second Amendment remains one of the top priorities for the attorney general’s office in West Virginia,” he said. “I will not allow the extreme left to scrutinize our citizens’ gun rights. If President Biden follows up on his proposals, we will appear in court very soon. ‘
The legal threat is a reminder of the limits of executive action as a tool for long-term change. President Trump took a series of sweeping executive measures on immigration and other matters after taking office, but saw many of them stuck in courts or rolling back.
Anticipating the legal battle ahead, Biden said in the White House: “ Nothing I recommend in any way detracts from the Second Amendment. These are false arguments that suggest that these are second amendment rights. ‘
Biden’s reliance on executive action stems in part from the difficulty for decades getting gun control legislation through Congress, where the Republican opposition is strong, some Democrats, including those from rural districts, are more skeptical than their Liberal counterparts, and where the Senate filibuster holds a majority. prevents from acting.
The ban on assault weapons, which went into effect in 1994, expired in 2004. President Barack Obama failed to pass significant gun control legislation after Sandy Hook and other massacres.
And Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz argued that the answer was no more legislation, but a crackdown on those who used guns in crimes.
‘The right to keep and bear arms is fundamental to preserving our freedom. The answer is not to limit the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, the answer is to go after violent criminals and fall on them like a pile of stones, ”he tweeted.
And Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia tweeted a photo of herself with an AK-47, writing, “The people’s right to keep and bear arms will NOT be violated!”