President Biden is taking aim at the Second Amendment through a new rule on firearms.
Here’s his tweet taking full credit for it.
A year ago this week, I said we would rein in the proliferation of ghost guns. The gun lobby tried to tie up regulators in paperwork. But today, we kept our promise and made it illegal to manufacture ghost gun kits without a serial number or sell them without a background check. pic.twitter.com/i4MdSJVUfJ
— President Biden (@POTUS) April 12, 2022
It’s called the “Frame or Receiver and Identification of Firearms Final Rule” (2021R-05F), and according to the DOJ, it’s intended to modernize the definition of a firearm.
It does more than that.
“Ghost Guns” are getting a lot of attention in this rule. These are guns that are privately made using components lacking commercial serial numbers. As a result, these guns are untraceable.
Without the Final Rule, the ATF had not have been able to regulate the components as “firearms”.
The media, ATF, and gun control advocates have pushed the rule under claims that these guns are being used in a spike of violent crime across the nation.
For example, New York City Mayor Adams has called ghost guns one of the greatest threats to public safety we face today. On the day the Final Rule was published–the day before the mass shooting in the NY subway, the New York Post quoted Mayor Adams saying,
We must face this issue head-on. This is one of the most important rivers that feeds the sea of violence in our city and our country.
Not everyone is convinced this rule will survive constitutional scrutiny or is a good idea.
The Constitution does not authorize the federal government to prevent you from making your own firearm. This a fact that has been recognized for 200+ years. Also, Article 1, Section 1 (literally the first operative sentence in the Constitution) says Congress makes law, not POTUS! pic.twitter.com/vTFRvKYTVi
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) April 11, 2022
🚨 Here is an overview of Biden’s LATEST unlawful attempt to expand the ATF’s national gun registry: pic.twitter.com/rUeXbkuMTR
— Gun Owners of America (@GunOwners) April 12, 2022
I never thought about ghost guns until Biden showed us how easy it is to acquire/build them. Now I want one.
I’m not alone.
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) April 12, 2022
The 2A was designed for exactly what we’re living today, it was designed and written to protect us The people from a tyrannical Government.
Our founders knew, we know, they know.
The ghost gun crap is a gun grab propaganda.
— 🇺🇸Law&Order🇺🇸 (@Diaz9Law) April 12, 2022
This week Biden also nominated his second candidate, Steve Dettelbach, to head the ATF. His first nominee, David Chipman, a brash gun control advocate, was torpedoed by republicans last year.
Biden refers to Mr. Dettlebach as a former federal attorney.
What should we know?
Gun Owners of America has plenty to say about Mr. Dettlebach, none of it good for the 2A crowd:
In 2018, Dettlebach unsuccessfully ran for public office, promising a host of new gun control initiatives if elected, including:
- An Assault Weapons Ban
- Universal Background Registration Checks
- Gun confiscation for misdemeanor crimes
- Gun confiscation for those dealing with mental health issues
- “[C]losing” the made up “over the Internet” and fake “gun show loophole[s]”
- Disarming teachers and keeping schools as “soft targets”
In fact, Dettlebach used his position as a US Attorney to advocate for gun control for years, publishing op-eds such as Requiring universal background checks makes sense.
In fact, this US attorney heavily weighed in on the Manchin-Toomey gun control proposal in 2013, condemning “[t]he Senate’s failure… to pass the universal background check bill” as “disheartening.”