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President-elect Joe Biden embraced sweeping gun reform as a candidate, including promises to implement universal background checks, ban the sale of assault-style weapons, and incentivize red flag laws and state licensing programs. But how expansive Democrats and violence prevention groups can be in enacting that agenda hinges on the dual Senate runoffs in Georgia. If Republicans win just one of those races, they’ll retain control of the Senate — and with it, the ability to stymie Democratic legislation.

 

There’s a blueprint for what the Biden administration may do if faced with a Senate that refuses to act on gun reform: Biden’s own experience as vice president under Barack Obama. After the Sandy Hook school shooting, Biden led the administration’s effort to pass background check legislation and an assault weapons ban. When the Republican-controlled Senate blocked those bills, Biden’s office led the effort to address gun violence via executive actions. But many gun safety advocates viewed the measures Obama took back in 2013 and 2016 as too narrow, with negligible impact on the country’s elevated rates of gun homicides, assaults, and suicides.

 

It’s possible that Biden will confront a similar situation in his first term, pushed to act on a range of policy issues by going it alone. And as it turns out, there are quite a few paths forward. “We know even more now about the potential opportunities that exist for non-legislative approaches to addressing different aspects of gun violence,” Chelsea Parsons, vice president for gun violence prevention at the left-leaning Center for American Progress, told me.

 

Some of those options are straightforward: Biden could create an interagency task force, coordinating from the White House the efforts of different agencies to address the causes and consequences of gun violence. Others would be a heavier lift, like using the ATF’s rulemaking authority to more heavily regulate or prohibit the sale of certain firearm models, accessories, or components under the National Firearms Act. The agency could also make rules to address the threat of “ghost guns,” unmarked DIY firearms that can elude background checks and are difficult to track in criminal investigations. You can read a full breakdown in my latest for The Trace. —Chip Brownlee, investigative fellow

 

 

WHAT TO KNOW THIS WEEK

 

Support for stricter gun laws dipped to the lowest level — 57 percent — since 2016, a new Gallup poll found. Just 22 percent of Republicans favor stricter regulations — the lowest percentage since the poll began.

 

A three-day Virginia gun show expected to attract 25,000 people was canceled after a judge ruled against organizers’ request to be exempt from pandemic restrictions on public gatherings.

 

There were 51 hate crime murders in 2019, the highest number since the FBI began collecting that data in the early 1990s. The total includes a racially fueled mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart that left 23 people dead.

 

69 percent of pandemic gun buyers have thought about ending their life, compared to 37 percent for the rest of the firearm community, a new study found.

 

New research refutes the notion that bail reforms have contributed to rising gun violence in Chicago. Police data in New York City debunked a similar argument there.

 

In his first public interview, the 17-year-old Kenosha protest shooter said he was justified in bringing an assault-style rifle to racial justice protests. Related: Ahead of the shooting, Facebook failed to enforce an internal policy that barred event pages from encouraging people to bring weapons for the purposes of intimidation or harassment.

 

The NRA has so far spent $1.7 million supporting the Republican candidates in Georgia’s Senate run-offs — all of it within the last week. During the regular 2020 election cycle, the gun group spent about $7 million on Congressional races overall. The gun group will spend a separate seven-figure sum to resolve one of its many legal problems: The organization has agreed to pay a $2.5 million settlement following civil charges brought by the State of New York regarding its controversial self-defense-shooting insurance. The NRA also agreed not to sell insurance in the state for five years.

 

Missouri parents who lost their son to gun violence were awarded $4 million in damages from a former firefighter who trafficked the handgun. The parents also sued the handgun’s manufacturer, Jimenez Arms, but that suit is on hold because the company has filed for bankruptcy.

 

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The whole "negligible impact" angle is a red herring. None of their proposals would have an impact on gang violence or suicides...

You mean addressing the problem at its source? Hah! You’re asking Dems to do something responsible. Not possible. Crime pays in big, in big cities.

 

All the three letter agencies can’t wait until a Joebama Obiden administration begins.

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This is Beto at work already. They can seek all they want. Get the cat out of the bag. Why stop at 200? I wonder if this pertains to existing or only new purchases.

 

The existing ATF $200 tax is a transfer tax for new purchases, and IMO should be illegal as it's a blatent tax on a right (poll tax) and hopefully this will spark the Supreme Court into action and backfires gutting the entire NFA and state restrictions on NFA items.

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This is Beto at work already. They can seek all they want. Get the cat out of the bag. Why stop at 200? I wonder if this pertains to existing or only new purchases.

 

The existing ATF $200 tax is a transfer tax for new purchases, and IMO should be illegal as it's a blatent tax on a right (poll tax) and hopefully this will spark the Supreme Court into action and backfires gutting the entire NFA and state restrictions on NFA items.

 

That is specific to the stamp for SBR's, cans, etc. Agreed we shouldn't be taxed on utilizing a god given right. Imagine having to purchase an ID to go vote or to be allowed to speak your mind publicly. Lets hope the new socialists in charge ask for the whole kitchen sink, so long as they don't pack the court first.

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That is specific to the stamp for SBR's, cans, etc.

 

 

That is the same already existing tax Biden wants to exploit and expand to semi-auto firearms by EO and ATF rules, he wants to add semi-auto firearms to that list!

 

From his campaign website.

 

 

Regulate possession of existing assault weapons under the National Firearms Act. Currently, the National Firearms Act requires individuals possessing machine-guns, silencers, and short-barreled rifles to undergo a background check and register those weapons with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Due to these requirements, such weapons are rarely used in crimes. As president, Biden will pursue legislation to regulate possession of existing assault weapons under the National Firearms Act.
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That is specific to the stamp for SBR's, cans, etc.

 

That is the same already existing tax Biden wants to exploit and expand to semi-auto firearms by EO and ATF rules, he wants to add semi-auto firearms to that list!

 

From his campaign website.

 

 

Regulate possession of existing assault weapons under the National Firearms Act. Currently, the National Firearms Act requires individuals possessing machine-guns, silencers, and short-barreled rifles to undergo a background check and register those weapons with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Due to these requirements, such weapons are rarely used in crimes. As president, Biden will pursue legislation to regulate possession of existing assault weapons under the National Firearms Act.

Magazines too. His gun policy and NFA semi auto and accessory tax and confiscation getting a lot of interviews and discussion on Fox News today. Think it was a guy with NSSF Ive seen on two different shows today. Edited by InterestedBystander
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This is what happens when a leftist wins. He has 4 years to destroy this nation. :( Biden will do everything he can to make it so expensive that no-one can afford to defend themselves.

Considering that "Putrid" Pelosi has already brought up the subject of the 25th Amendment (Presidential "incapacitation"), it is unlikely Biden will make it through the first year. Somebody (and I think we all know WHO) has used a lot of money and gone to great lengths to put somebody in office who never was able to get enough money to even make it to the first primary.

The question will be one of whether Biden becomes "medically" incapacitated or if we have a "state funeral".

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This is what happens when a leftist wins. He has 4 years to destroy this nation. :( Biden will do everything he can to make it so expensive that no-one can afford to defend themselves.

Considering that "Putrid" Pelosi has already brought up the subject of the 25th Amendment (Presidential "incapacitation"), it is unlikely Biden will make it through the first year. Somebody (and I think we all know WHO) has used a lot of money and gone to great lengths to put somebody in office who never was able to get enough money to even make it to the first primary.

The question will be one of whether Biden becomes "medically" incapacitated or if we have a "state funeral".

 

I heard an interesting theory (on the internet so it must be true). They are going to hold off invoking the 25th amendment on him until he has served two years. If Ms. Harris serves less than 2 years she is eligible to run twice for POTUS, but if it’s is more than two years it counts as her first term.

 

I haven’t found the law that states that yet but it sounds about right.

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This is what happens when a leftist wins. He has 4 years to destroy this nation. :( Biden will do everything he can to make it so expensive that no-one can afford to defend themselves.

Considering that "Putrid" Pelosi has already brought up the subject of the 25th Amendment (Presidential "incapacitation"), it is unlikely Biden will make it through the first year. Somebody (and I think we all know WHO) has used a lot of money and gone to great lengths to put somebody in office who never was able to get enough money to even make it to the first primary.

The question will be one of whether Biden becomes "medically" incapacitated or if we have a "state funeral".

 

I heard an interesting theory (on the internet so it must be true). They are going to hold off invoking the 25th amendment on him until he has served two years. If Ms. Harris serves less than 2 years she is eligible to run twice for POTUS, but if it’s is more than two years it counts as her first term.

 

I haven’t found the law that states that yet but it sounds about right.

 

 

Section one of the 22nd Amendment:

 

"No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of President more than once."

 

https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/amendment/amendment-xxii

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Section one of the 22nd Amendment:

 

"No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of President more than once."

 

https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/amendment/amendment-xxii

 

 

Since when have rules ever mattered to these people?

We had Obama who was ineligible to be president because he didn't have a birth certificate, and now we have Biden who won via massive fraud.

They'll shove Harris in there, the Constitution be damned.

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Considering that "Putrid" Pelosi has already brought up the subject of the 25th Amendment (Presidential "incapacitation"), it is unlikely Biden will make it through the first year. Somebody (and I think we all know WHO) has used a lot of money and gone to great lengths to put somebody in office who never was able to get enough money to even make it to the first primary.

 

 

The question will be one of whether Biden becomes "medically" incapacitated or if we have a "state funeral".

 

I heard an interesting theory (on the internet so it must be true). They are going to hold off invoking the 25th amendment on him until he has served two years. If Ms. Harris serves less than 2 years she is eligible to run twice for POTUS, but if it’s is more than two years it counts as her first term.

 

I haven’t found the law that states that yet but it sounds about right.

 

 

Section one of the 22nd Amendment:

 

"No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of President more than once."

 

https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/amendment/amendment-xxii

 

That might be the current law. Give them the senate and any laws on paper will quickly be made bird cage lining.

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Section one of the 22nd Amendment:

 

"No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of President more than once."

 

https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/amendment/amendment-xxii

 

That might be the current law. Give them the senate and any laws on paper will quickly be made bird cage lining.

 

 

But isn't this is the constitution, not current law, and thus not changeable by an act of congress?

 

Askin' for a friend...

 

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Section one of the 22nd Amendment:

 

"No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of President more than once."

 

https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/amendment/amendment-xxii

 

That might be the current law. Give them the senate and any laws on paper will quickly be made bird cage lining.

 

 

But isn't this is the constitution, not current law, and thus not changeable by an act of congress?

 

Askin' for a friend...

 

 

 

Like the second amendment?

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Neither "laws" nor the Constitution have ever mattered to these people except for them being impediments to their domination of the rest of us. It is just in the last 3-4 years they have been so much more blatant about their intentions and more people learning not only how violent they are but how bent on destruction they will be.

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