NSSF: Take Joe Biden on His Word With Gun Control

By Larry Keane

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Former Vice President Joe Biden has made it abundantly clear he wants to end private firearms ownership. IMG: iStock-496689884

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Former Vice President Joe Biden declared election victory, even as President Donald Trump continues to challenge results in several states. Runoffs are slated for both U.S. Senate seats from Georgia, which could decide the balance of power in Washington, D.C., and whether agendas get an unquestioned green light or hit roadblocks.

The Biden camp is already forming the presidential transition team and increased gun control is on the table. While everyone is trying to read the political tea leaves to predict what will happen, the firearm industry is taking a pragmatic approach.

When it comes to gun control, take Biden at his word.

He’s given plenty of public comment to know exactly what he wants to do if he’s unchecked. It’s nothing short of ending Second Amendment rights and reducing them to a nanny-state privilege that’s closely monitored and meted out piecemeal to a select few. It also means the firearm industry would be decimated through harassing litigation, overburdening regulation and a bevy of laws that won’t improve public safety but would render law-abiding Americans vulnerable to criminals.

‘The Enemy’

Biden made it crystal clear his thoughts on firearm manufacturers at the onset of the Democratic presidential primary race in July 2019.

“Our enemy is the gun manufacturers, not the NRA, the gun manufacturers,” Biden said.

Biden’s gun control plan would criminalize private firearm sales, requiring every firearm transfer to be conducted through licensed firearm retailers. He’d also crackdown on those retailers, using the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) as an anvil with which to crush businesses for even minor clerical errors in inspections. He argued for the same failed so-called mandatory “smart gun” technology for which he led a task force in the Obama administration. It wasn’t ready for testing then and it’s still not ready today.

That was the beginning of the Biden gun control agenda. That’s now burgeoned to include every radical gun control wish list item. It starts at a national state-by-state licensing scheme and rationing gun rights to just one sale per month for every law-abiding American.

That’s not all. He’d destroy the firearm industry by pushing to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, exposing manufacturers to harassing lawsuits by activist lawyers that long to bankrupt manufacturers for political means and use the courts to advance an agenda that doesn’t survive legislative scrutiny.

‘Bingo’

Biden unequivocally admitted to CNN’s Anderson Cooper in a 2019 interview that he would pursue an unconstitutional firearm confiscation agenda.

“To gun owners out there who say a Biden administration means they’re going to come for my guns…” Cooper said.

“Bingo,” Biden interrupted. “You’re right, if you have an assault weapon,” which the former vice president deridingly refers to when he speaks of MSRs. “The fact of the matter is they should be illegal. Period.”

That goes much further than reenacting the failed 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, to which in the same interview, Biden agreed it didn’t reduce crime. That means he’d go after the more nearly 20 million MSRs in circulation today.

“What I would do is institute a national buyback program,” Biden explained. He admitted then that outright confiscation of MSRs for lawful ownership was a Constitutional hurdle.

“Right now, there’s no legal way that I’m aware of where you could deny the right if they had legally purchased them,” Biden told CNN of his confiscation plans. “But we can, in fact, make a major effort to get them off the street and out of the possession of people.”

That was 2019. Today, he’s looking for the loopholes. One way Biden’s trying to achieve his agenda is by reclassifying the MSR to fall under the 1934 National Firearms Act so the more than century-old technology would be treated in the same fashion as short-barrel rifles and machine guns. That would require owners to be put on federal lists, submit fingerprints, photos, inform chief law enforcement officers, endure duplicitous background checks, wait more than nine months for approval and pay a $200 tax for the privilege to continue to own what they already legally purchased.

Those who don’t would see their firearms confiscated by a Biden administration.

‘I Don’t Work for You’

A Biden administration would be quickly hounded by gun control cronies like billionaire Michael Bloomberg and his gun control groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action. They’ll be joined by others including Brady and Giffords. Both groups issued press releases on their laundry list of action items to limit and deny Second Amendment rights.

That’s who a Biden administration would work for and not every day, law-abiding Americans who want to exercise their rights.

Biden made that clear when he told Detroit union worker Jerry Wayne, “You’re full of sh*t.” Biden later added, “I’m not working for you. Don’t be such a horse’s ass.”

Biden, who claims blue-collar roots, doesn’t think much of the “everyday” individual carrying a lunch pail to the factory floor and wants to exercise Second Amendment rights during free time. He’s much more attuned to the far-left radical agenda his running mate U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) brought to the ticket, wanting to bring California-style gun control to the rest of the country.

The firearm industry believes him. There’s no reason to doubt or to equivocate with calls to unite. Taking Biden at anything less than his word is malfeasance.


About The National Shooting Sports Foundation

NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations, and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org

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OldGuy
OldGuy
2 months ago

What I find so unusual about the Trump/Biden election is the balance of our Second Amendment to our Constitutional Rights between the two opposing sides. President Trump has said he supports the Second Amendment and I have no doubt of that, and Biden has vowed to confiscate guns and I have no doubt of that either; but why would pro-gun ownership states then overwhelmingly vote for Biden? The states where Biden has claimed electoral votes victory are Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, and Pennsylvania which are all pro-gun and hunting states. To me, this just does not add up or even defies… Read more »

mlhtd51
mlhtd51
2 months ago

The Right of The People To BEAR ARMS.
WHEN ALL THE Guns Have Been Banned
WHEN ALL THE Words Have Been Censored
WHEN ALL THE History Has Been Erased
WHEN ALL THE Freedom Has Been Taken
ONLY THEN Will You Discover Why Our
“RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS” Was So High On The List.

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
2 months ago

Biden wants another Civil War.

Camotim
Camotim
2 months ago

Thank God it looks like we have the Senate and the US Supreme Court if Hiden and His Hoe put their hands on the koran and perjure themselves in 20 January next.,

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
2 months ago
Reply to  Camotim

But remember, GOP Senators include: McConnell, Toomey, Collins, and others will will vote for more gun control.

AZ Lefty
AZ Lefty
2 months ago

I do take Biden at his word; I may not like it but his word can be trusted unlike Trumps- You know they guy who told BATF to make Bump-Socks illegal administratively and whose Justice department made the Honey Badger Pistol a SBR administratively- which will go back into effect this month.

I suggest that if you care about the 2A you work with GA Republicans to insure at least one of their senators stay GOP, Don’t be like AZ was with McSally

Last edited 2 months ago by AZ Lefty
PMinFl
PMinFl
2 months ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

AZ Lefty: You and Pancho will never be able to raise the massive funds that the progressive, bloomberg/ soros machine have put into play in Georgia. This is a sad day for freedom.

JDC
JDC
2 months ago

First, to all my fellow Veterans, thank you and take a second to remember those who are no longer with us. One can bet that there is now a full court press on to take the two GA Senate seats so they can ramrod through Commie-La’s agenda. By hook or by crook, they will try to take those. After all, it is the only path to radically change America to Obama’s vision in the next 2 yrs. You have already heard Biden’s agenda…more socialized medicine, free stuff for illegals, less border enforcement, and as many terrorists as they can slip… Read more »

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
2 months ago
Reply to  JDC

First of all, to all the veterans who are pro 2nd Amendment, thank you. To the rest of you, especially the ones who became politicians, I wish you never became government employees.

Unlike the Republicans, the Democrats are going to move fast and hard to push through their agenda. Unfortunately, this will include massive amounts of new gun control.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
2 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Yes, sir, they will. The Democrat politicians will also be aided by a large number of Republican politicians. McConnell, Graham, Rubio, and many others are for Red Flag laws and other new gun control laws.

Oldvet
Oldvet
2 months ago
Reply to  JDC

AND soros and blumturd won’t be bashful about arming antifa and blm and who knows who else .

JPM
JPM
2 months ago

So now the NSSF is worried? After years of supporting and backing the BATFE and gun control advocates, now they are worried? You reap what you sow.

Stag
Stag
2 months ago
Reply to  JPM

The NSSF, like the NRA, will go back to pretending to oppose gun control since it’s a Democrat enacting it. Much like the Republicans in Congress.