“I’m the only one who has ever got them passed, man,” Biden told reporters on Sunday, referring to the 1994 “assault weapons” ban that he helped get passed in the Senate, which expired in 2005. “The only gun control legislation that’s ever passed is mine. It’s going to happen again.”
On Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters in a news conference that Biden will sign an executive order on gun control and cited the mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Colorado. Congressional Democrats, meanwhile, have attempted to pressure Biden into taking action on gun laws, but it’s not clear what.
GOP lawmakers will likely be resistant to any new gun control measures, arguing that they violate the Constitution’s Second Amendment.
“Biden just said clearly that he certainly is coming for our guns, it’s just a matter of time. The Second Amendment is clear on that issue, Joe. The time is never,” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), a strong proponent of gun rights, wrote on Twitter over the weekend.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) has frequently criticized the 1994 assault weapons ban and last week wrote that new gun control proposals don’t work.
“Almost all mass shooters passed a background check or circumvented the system illegally,” the NRA wrote in a tweet. “[Department of Justice]-funded studies found the Biden-supported ’94 ‘assault weapon’ ban was a bust!”
The push for gun control, meanwhile, is occurring when Americans are purchasing more and more firearms in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and riots last summer. Gun sales in January hit an all-time high following 2020’s record-buying spree, according to figures provided by the FBI.
And, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), as many as 8.5 million people bought their first gun in 2020. Furthermore, FBI data shows that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) processed more than 4,317,000 background check requests for gun purchases in January of this year, the highest number for a single month since November 1998.
In February, NICS processed over 3,442,000 background checks nationwide, among which seven states had more than 100,000 requests. The total for January and February 2021 is close to the number of background checks completed for the entire year 2000.
Samuel Allegri contributed to this report.
From The Epoch Times