Senators respond to Biden’s executive orders on gun control

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President Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris, and Attorney General Merrick Garland, speaks about gun violence prevention in the Rose Garden at the White House, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTWO/WAWV) — U.S. senators from the area had widely mixed feelings on President Joe Biden’s actions on gun control Thursday.

The Biden administration announced a series of executive actions aimed at addressing gun violence Thursday, including a new rule combatting “ghost guns” (homemade firearms that often lack serial numbers used to trace them) and publishing “red flag” legislation for states to adopt. He also directed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to issue an annual report on firearms trafficking (the last such report was issued in 2000). He announced David Chipman as the nominee to be the ATF Director and directed that when pistols are converted into a short-barreled rifle, of the sort used in the recent Boulder mass shooting, they become subject to regulation under the National Firearms Act.

Indiana Senator Mike Braun released the following statement Thursday:

“President Biden’s executive order on gun control is so extreme that even the Democrat controlled Senate would never pass this bill that is a blatant assault on our Second Amendment rights. We all want to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the dangerously mentally ill, but that can’t come at the expense of infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens like a federal assault weapons ban – a one-size-fits-all approach from the federal government rarely works on any issue, including the Second Amendment. Other states should consider real solutions like Indiana’s red flag law, with proper due process protections.”

U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after President Biden announced several executive actions to address gun violence:

“When it comes to the sickening gun violence in our streets we have a choice: give up or stand up. President Biden is prepared to lead with common sense, constitutional steps to stop this uniquely American gun madness. It’s time for Congress to stop making excuses and start making our nation safer.”

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