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Joe Biden only has a razor thin majority to work with him in the Senate with the benefit of a tie-breaker from Kamala Harris, which is why he is taking major action without them.
Biden is planning to take his first actions against guns by signing an executive order addressing so called ghost guns, The Blaze reported.
“Should we still be expecting executive orders from the President on gun measures?” CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlin Collins asked to which White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded, “Yes,” but, she said, there is not “an exact timeframe” on the gun control measures he plans on taking.
“I will note that when the president was the vice-president in the Obama-Biden administration, he helped put in place 23 executive actions to combat gun violence,” Psaki said. “It’s one of the levers that we can use, that any federal government, any President can use to help address the prevalence of gun violence and address community safety around the country.”
“We have to address this epidemic, address the threat of gun violence across many avenues,” she said. “And he will. He’s committed to doing that.”
“Executive actions are of course, an important lever that every president has at their disposal,” she said. “There’s current discussions and analysis internally of what steps can be taken…that has been ongoing for several weeks, even before these two recent tragedies, that he looks forward to getting an update on and seeing what can be moved forward on that front as well. So he’s not waiting for anything to fail, is really the answer to your question.”
She said that that the Biden administration thinks that addressing access to guns is “important,” as well as “addressing community violence and a range of issues that are root causes and kind of lead to the deaths and the impact that we’re seeing that’s so troubling.”
Biden insinuated on Friday that one the things that he might do to address gun violence is to take executive action against 3D printed guns, or ghost guns.
“We are looking at what kind of authority I have relative to imported weapons as well as whether or not I have any authority to … these new weapons that are being made by 3D equipment that aren’t registered as guns at all,” he said to reporters before he headed to his home in Delaware. “There may be some latitude there as well.”
Biden is faced with some red state Democrat senators who are unlikely to side with him on gun control measures which means that he is likely to take bold executive actions.
Four Democratic senators are urging Biden to take executive action on “ghost guns,” which are handmade firearms or gun kits that the buyer assembles themselves. Ghost guns don’t need to be registered or have a serial number. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives does not regulate these kits as firearms. Democratic lawmakers want ghost guns classified as firearms, which would require a background check, according to CNN.
On Tuesday, Biden called for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense steps that will save lives in the future,” Biden said. “We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again. I got that done when I was a senator. It passed, it was the law for the longest time and it brought down these mass killings. We should do it again.”
And, as usual, he called for tou8gher background checks, which has been a common call from Democrats for decades.
“We can close the loopholes in our background check system, including the Charleston loophole,” he said. “That’s one of the best tools we have right now to prevent gun violence. The Senate should immediately pass, let me say it again. The United States Senate, I hope some are listening, should immediately pass the two house past bills that close loopholes in the background check system.”