Biden will announce new gun control executive actions on Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki has said.
Psaki, during her briefing on Wednesday, did not go into details on what Biden’s action would involve but said the president would say more tomorrow.
Earlier Wednesday, Politico was the first to report that gun control executive order is coming.
Sources said that Biden would start the process of forcing people who buy “ghost guns,” which are guns that don’t have serial numbers since they’re sold in parts and assembled at home, to undertake background checks.
It’s not certain what other actions will be taken. Last week 100 Democrats wrote to the president urging him to take measures against so-called “concealed assault-style rifles.”
President Biden has asked for a ban on “assault weapons” and large magazines, which would likely require congressional approval. He could, instead, use regulatory measures to restrict such guns.
“I believe Biden will do as much as possible with executive orders,” Alan Gottlieb, the leader of the 2nd Amendment Foundation said, adding that they are “very ready to take it to court” if Biden goes too far.
“What we are expecting him to do is target foreign connections – if the gun, ammo or magazine is imported – he could use executive orders to do something against these,” Gottlieb continued.
Gottlieb went on to say that Biden could use the ATF to push more regulations. Biden has not yet nominated a new director for the ATF.
The Biden White House has also urged congressional action, asking the Senate to approve two new gun-control bills recently.
The bills increased background checks on all gun sales and extended the review period from three days to at least 10 business days. One bill would stop what they say is the “Charleston loophole,” in which a gun sale proceeds if the background check is not done in three days.
Author: Blake Ambrose