On Thursday, President Biden announced new gun control executive actions.
The Biden administration unveiled six new gun control measures via executive order on Wednesday night. An analysis of the six “initial” gun control dictates — the White House has promised more — suggests that millions of law-abiding gun owners could be turned into felons overnight if they do not comply.
“Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing six initial actions to address the gun violence public health epidemic,” it announced, adding, “this Administration will not wait for Congress to act to take its own steps – fully within the Administration’s authority and the Second Amendment – to save lives.”
There is no clause in the U.S. Constitution that grants the authority to the Executive Branch to enact laws because it “will not wait” for Congress to pass laws. Therefore, Biden’s gun control executive actions are already on tenuous legal ground.
Most controversially, there is a potential “tax” attached to the executive actions: Millions of gun owners who possess “AR-15-style pistols” that have “pistol braces” may be forced to pay for $200 for their purchases and receive approval from the ATF. The power to tax is constitutionally delegated to the House of Representatives. Gun owners are already threatening “we will not comply.”
“An estimated 3 million to 4 million AR-pistols have been sold, a large slice of the 20 million ‘modern sporting rifles’ sold since the ‘assault weapons ban’ was lifted under former President George W. Bush,” the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard notes. Bedard points out that means between three-to-four million such gun owners could become felons under the regulation.