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April 9, 2021: Here’s What President Biden’s Gun Control Executive Orders Mean for the Industry

President Joe Biden campaigned on enacting tough new guns laws, and on Thursday signed a number of executive orders that purport to do just that. Declaring “no amendment in the Constitution is absolute,” Biden also argued his measures don’t undermine the Second Amendment’s guarantee of the right “to keep and bear arms.” Here are the six executive orders Biden signed and what their impact on the firearms industry likely will be. IMAGE SOURCE: GETTY IMAGES. 1. Tightened regulations on homemade firearms Homemade firearms, also called “ghost guns,” are assembled at home from kits or via 3D printing and don’t have serial numbers on them, which makes them difficult to trace. Biden has called these guns a “rising problem,” and wants …

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April 7, 2021: Biden to unveil 6 executive actions to curb gun violence, nominate a permanent ATF director

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is set to unveil six executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence on Thursday, following a string of mass shootings that has put pressure on the administration to act the president’s long-held campaign promise to tackle gun control. The president also is expected to announce his nomination of David Chipman as the director of the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to senior administration officials. Chipman is an ATF veteran who currently serves as an adviser for the gun control advocacy group named for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who survived a 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, as a congresswoman. The first action will direct the Department of Justice to propose a rule within 30 days …

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March 30, 2021: Why Does Anyone Need an AR-15?

When was the last time you heard that AR-15 assault rifles and other weapons of war have no place on our streets? Will banning or highly regulating all AR-15 rifles make the average citizen safer? And who needs an AR-15 anyhow? I hope to answer these questions, and maybe challenge some pre-conceived thoughts on the topic. The AR15, why does anyone need one? We have wonderful Podcast listeners. Recently R.G. wrote in with a timely question: Hey Guys, Was listening to the recent News episode of the podcast. I had a question for you guys. I’ve been in some discussions with people who ask the infamous question, “Why does anyone need an AR-15?” … One response that I get that I would like …

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March 26, 2021: Biden Threatens Executive Order on Gun Control

In the wake of two mass shootings in the U.S. in a single week, the White House said Friday that President Biden is prepared to issue executive orders to enact gun reform, circumventing the need for a divided Congress to pass legislation. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at a briefing that she couldn’t offer an “exact time frame” on when those orders would move off Biden’s desk, but said they were “one of the levers that we can use … to help address the prevalence of gun violence and address community safety around the country.” Biden, however, made clear during his Thursday afternoon press conference that infrastructure rather than gun reform would be his next legislative priority, …

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March 25, 2021: Boulder shooting suspect’s gun looked like a rifle. But it’s a pistol. Experts worry it’s helping people skirt gun laws

Six days before opening fire in a Colorado grocery store and killing 10 people, a 21-year-old suspect in the massacre bought a Ruger AR-556 pistol – a weapon with a controversial history in the national debate over gun regulation. The Ruger looks like a rifle, operates like one, and even takes the same ammunition as the infamous AR-15 that has been used in many U.S. mass killings. But the Ruger is not a rifle – at least, not under current gun laws. Billed as Ruger’s alternative to the AR-15 rifle, the pistol is smaller and more maneuverable than a rifle. It also isn’t bound by the strict regulations that a rifle of its size would, an issue that’s cast light on …

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March 23, 2021: Democrats Hastily Pushing Gun Control After Two Mass Shootings

Democrats in Congress are calling for more gun control legislation following the tragic mass shooting in Boulder, Colo., with some prominent members of the party calling to push legislation through by ending the Senate filibuster. The nation was horrified Monday after 10 people, including veteran police officer Eric Talley, were killed in a mass shooting at a grocery store in Boulder. The suspect of the shooting was captured by police and led out of the crime scene with a bloodied leg. Following the tragedy, many prominent Democrats called for more gun control legislation online, with several eyeing an end to the filibuster to push measures through. “It is long past time for those with the power to fight this epidemic of gun …

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March 23, 2021: Biden Pushes More Gun Control Legislation In Wake of Boulder Mass Murder

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Tuesday he would do everything in his power to keep Americans safe following the latest mass shooting in Colorado and pushed a pair of House-passed gun reforms, including a universal background checks measure and an assault weapons ban. Biden, after acknowledging there were still outstanding details to be learned about Monday’s massacre, insisted that enough was known to make an ardent call for new gun control. “I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future,” he said in remarks from the White House. He listed a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as strengthening the background check system by closing …

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March 22, 2021: Active Shooter Kills 10, to Inclue Hero Police Officer, in Boulder, Co Grocery Store

BOULDER, Colo. — Ten people were killed Monday, including a police officer, when a gunman opened fire at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, the second mass shooting in the U.S. in a week. “These were people going about their day, doing their shopping,” Boulder District Attorney Michael Dougherty said at a late-night press briefing. He described the day’s events as “a tragedy and a nightmare.” The police officer who died was identified as Eric Talley, 51, an 11-year veteran on the Boulder force. Talley was responding to the King Soopers grocery market when he was gunned down. His police chief, Maris Herold, appeared to be choking back tears as she spoke to the media Monday night and confirmed the death toll. “I have to …

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March 22, 2021: More Gun Control Proposed After Atlanta Hate Crime: Easier to Buy a Gun than to Vote is the Justification

On Friday President Biden and Vice President Harris met with community leaders in Atlanta, Georgia, to discuss the recent wave of violence targeting Asian Americans. Democratic Georgia State Senator Michelle Au was part of those talks. She joins CBSN with more on the meeting and why she says a gun control bill she’s sponsoring is the logical next step. Video Transcript – Communities across the country held vigils and protests this weekend demanding justice and calling for an end to anti-Asian racism. The demonstrations come after a gunman opened fire inside several Atlanta area spas, killing eight people. Six of the victims of Tuesday’s attack were women of Asian descent. The US has seen a surge of violent attacks targeting Asian-Americans …

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March 21, 2021: More Gun Purchasing Waiting Periods Likely Post Atlanta Murders

Not long before the deadly Atlanta-area shootings spread fear and anger through Asian American communities nationwide, police say the attacker made a legal purchase: a 9 mm handgun. Within hours, they say, he had killed eight people, seven of them women and six of Asian descent, in a rampage targeting massage businesses. If Georgia had required him to wait before getting a gun, lawmakers and advocates say, he might not have acted on his impulse. “It’s really quick. You walk in, fill out the paperwork, get your background check and walk out with a gun,” said Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “If you’re in a state of crisis, personal crisis, you can …