“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed,” says the second amendment of the Constitution of the United States. The American people are well-known worldwide for their love of firearms, even though voices in the country have called for more regulations and control. According to a plan released by the Biden/Harris campaign titled The Biden Plan To End Our Gun Violence Epidemic, they agree that more regulations are needed.
First on the list is a repeal of the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which protects firearms manufacturers from liability when their products are misused. Biden proposes to “get weapons of war off the streets.” This would be accomplished by banning the sale of “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines. A proposal brought forward by Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence would be adopted, requiring citizens in possession of “assault weapons” to register those firearms under the National Firearms Act. The plan would also institute a buyback program for assault weapons, giving people the choice of selling their assault weapons or registering them under the National Firearms Act.
A very interesting part of the plan is legislation restricting the purchase of weapons to one a month to reduce “stockpiling” of weapons by American citizens.
Universal background check legislation would be added for ALL gun sales except in the case of gifts for close family members. This legislation’s main focus would address the gun show and internet sales loophole that does not currently require background checks. Sales of firearms, ammunition, kits, and gun parts online would be made illegal through legislation.
The plan would add those convicted of hate crime misdemeanors as people prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms. Currently, if the three day waiting period for a background check is exceeded, the sale proceeds. Biden’s plan would extend to up to ten days and demand the FBI report instances when background checks exceed ten days. The FBI would also have to report steps to avoid instances when it takes over ten days.
There is more….people convicted of felonies are currently prohibited from possessing and purchasing firearms. The Biden plan addresses concerns about people newly convicted of felonies relinquishing their firearms by directing the FBI and ATF to design a relinquishment program federally. It will also provide funds to states to enact relinquishment programs of their own.
“Red Flag” laws or extreme risk laws have been proposed to allow family members or law enforcement to temporarily remove a citizen’s access to weapons when the individual is believed to be a danger to themselves or others. This plan will encourage states to implement these laws guided by best practices established by the DOJ.
The plan addresses firearms safety in your home. It would ensure all guns sold were “safe guns” requiring fingerprint biometrics to operate all weapons. Adult gun owners would be subject to criminal and civil penalties if a minor has access to the adult’s firearms, even if the minor does not actually acquire the firearm. The legislation would be enacted to require individuals to store their firearms in their own homes safely.
Biden calls for a restructuring of the ATF. It will require gun sellers to notify law enforcement when a citizen fails a background check. Obtaining 3D printer plans for making guns and purchasing gun kits will require a background check, including the State Department blocking the code used to produce 3D printed weapons. Gun owners will be required to report any weapon that is lost or stolen. The use of federal funds would be prohibited for use to train or provide firearms to educators.
The plan’s sections are dedicated to increased funding for research on and mass reporting of statics and information regarding mental health to curb instances of suicide by gun and protect survivors of gun crimes and domestic violence. The CDC will research the cause and prevention of gun violence even though the Obama administration placed restrictions on using federal dollars to advocate or promote gun control. This proposal would subvert the Obama era restrictions.
Some of the proposals are extensions of current laws, while many new laws, restrictions, and regulations are included in the plan. Biden intends to make significant changes to gun ownership in America, an idea that is sure to be very unpopular with a large section of the population.