Six weeks after the inauguration, the campaign rhetoric has died down, and Biden is doing a number on the business of governing.
With Democratic majorities in both chambers of Congress, many Americans are wondering what this means for the future of the Second Amendment.
Are we going to see major restrictions on gun rights, as many have feared?
Or is the Biden administration going to spend its time and energy on other matters?
With reports coming out of the new administration, we now know that Biden is asking for two major changes to gun laws: universal background checks and a federal ban on assault weapons.
But what do these plans mean, and what chance do they have of passing?
Let’s take a look at each policy separately:
Expanded Background Checks:
EXPECT THEM TO HAPPEN
Currently, most firearm sales require a Federal background check.
However, there are exceptions for private sales between two individuals. That means that if you want to sell an old hunting shotgun to your nephew or give it to him as a gift, you can.
This so-called “gun show loophole” only allows for small private sales.
Anyone selling guns for profit is engaging in commercial activity, and requires a federal firearms license (FFL), as well as background checks for all customers.
Right now, it looks like this measure is likely to pass.
Even as the support for tighter gun control law stands at a 20 year low, a majority of the public supports have expanded background checks.
Luckily, it looks like this will only affect a small number of firearms sales.
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An Assault Weapons Ban?
...DON'T BET ON IT!
During the campaign, Biden supported South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s proposal for a nationwide buyback of AR-15-style rifles, commonly referred to as assault weapons.
While Biden has not made any such proposal as President yet, he has pushed for a ban on the sale of new assault weapons.
At first glance, this might seem like a viable plan. The US actually had an assault weapons ban from 1994 to 2004, and Democrats would seem to have the numbers to pass one.
But it’s important to remember that the Democrats only control the Senate because the chamber is split 50-50, and Kamala Harris has the tie-breaking vote.
If a single Democrat refused to sign an assault weapons ban, it would not have the votes to become law.
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is a Democratic maverick who holds an A-grade from the NRA.
While Manchin supports expanded background checks, he has cast votes in the past against bans on AR rifles and 10-round magazine limits.
Without Manchin’s support, any assault weapons ban would require the vote of at least one Republican Senator.
With support for gun rights being a core tenet of the modern Republican party, it remains unlikely that we’ll see an AR ban at this time.
Having that said, DC is a swamp filled with blood-sucking, back-stabbing creatures who have shown time and time again that they don’t care for the rights of their constituents.
The Future of Our Gun Rights
The bottom line? Don’t rely on Republicans to follow through on their word, and don’t rely on Democrats to do the right thing.
Our best chance at protecting our Second Amendment rights throughout this and future administrations is that the state legislatures, governors, mayors, and sheriffs can all push back on a federal gun ban or buy-back. The balance of power is a beautiful thing.
How can you protect your Second Amendment rights in an effective and legal way?
Educate yourself on when polls open for the aforementioned positions, learn which candidates have a history of supporting & protecting the Second Amendment, and vote accordingly.
Thank you for reading, stay strong patriots.
Justin | FamTeeWorld
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