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Biden Considering ‘Executive Action’ on Gun Control Legislation

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In the wake of the tragic Boulder shooting that cost ten lives, the eternal debate of gun control has resurfaced like clockwork. With the entire government apparatus behind them, President Joe Biden, alongside Democrats who believe in greater restrictions on a citizen’s right to bear arms, have indicated gun control to be a legislative priority going forward amidst a couple of recent heinous shootings. On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki revealed even “executive action” may not be off the table to achieve that goal.

During her press conference, she explained Biden to be considering a “range of options” on how to enact gun control with executive action being one of them. “We are considering a range of levers, including working through legislation, including executive action,” Psaki said. “That has been under discussion and will continue to be under discussion.”

“He as vice president was leading the effort on determining executive actions that could be taken on gun safety measures, it’s something that he has worked on, he’s passionate about, he feels personally connected to. But there’s an ongoing process and I think we feel we have to work on multiple channels at the same time,” she said.

Also on Tuesday, Biden promised serious gun control reform during his press conference, from bans on “assault weapons” and “high capacity magazines” to federal background checks. Though he didn’t threaten executive action, he pressured the Congress to pass a couple of House bills expanding federal background checks and ending the  “gun show loophole,” which allows people to buy and sell guns at gun shows without a federal background check.

“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future. And to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act. We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again,” Biden said.

Currently, no bans on specific types of guns are waiting in either the House or the Senate, though The Senate Judiciary Committee is in the middle of hearings to determine if gun control legislation can be accomplished on a federal level. With a narrow majority in the Senate and potentially without the key swing vote from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who remains adamant about gun rights, any legislation attempting gun control could be dead on arrival.

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