Critics BLAST Biden’s Latest Executive Order as Overreaching, It’s Worse than You Think

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Tuesday that expands background checks on firearm sales in an effort to reduce gun violence.

The order directs the attorney general to prevent former federally licensed firearms dealers whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered from continuing to engage in the business of dealing in firearms.

Additionally, the executive order aims to improve public safety practices surrounding firearms by encouraging the “effective use” of extreme protection measures like “red flag” laws and safe storage of firearms, and by accelerating federal law enforcement’s reporting of ballistics data to help catch shooters.

One of the primary changes the executive order will bring about is the expansion of the statutory definition of a firearms dealer. According to the White House, this will bring the U.S. “as close to universal background checks as possible” without the need for additional legislation.

The executive order also directs the secretary of transportation to work with the Department of Justice to reduce the loss or theft of firearms during shipment and to improve the reporting of such losses or thefts by engaging with carriers and shippers.

Moreover, Biden is directing his cabinet to encourage the effective use of “red flag” laws, which allow law enforcement to temporarily remove firearms from individuals who are deemed a threat to themselves or others, and to promote safe storage of firearms.

The order will also direct the Department of Defense to develop and implement principles to further firearm and public safety practices through DOD acquisition of firearms.

Another important aspect of the executive order is the directive to federal law enforcement agencies to issue rigorous requirements regarding NIBIN data submission and use of this tool.

The National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN) currently allows federal, state, and local law enforcement to match fired cartridge casings to the guns from which they were fired, making it easier for law enforcement to connect multiple crime scenes and catch shooters.

The president has emphasized the importance of reducing gun violence and has called on Congress to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

He has also signed into law the most significant gun control bill in nearly 30 years, which provided funding for states to create programs that could keep weapons away from people who are a danger to themselves or others, enhanced background checks for gun buyers under 21, added penalties for some gun criminals, and addressed closing the “boyfriend loophole.”

In conclusion, the executive order signed by President Biden seeks to expand background checks and improve public safety practices surrounding firearms. While it may not be a perfect solution, it is a significant step in the right direction towards reducing gun violence and ensuring that firearms are sold and used responsibly.