By: Teresa Mull
Are new gun control regulations imminent? If gun control groups are to be trusted, the answer is yes.
Here's what Peter Ambler, executive director of Giffords, a rabid anti-gun group, said after a virtual meeting at the White House that included representatives from Moms Demand Action, Brady, and Everytown for Gun Safety (from the Washington Times):
“President Biden is committed to taking executive action and working with Congress to put in place reforms that will keep this country’s kids and communities safe. Today’s meeting was a strong affirmation of that commitment.”
During a press briefing yesterday (you can read it in full here), Press Secretary Jen Psaki said:
"Gun violence may not be in the headlines today or right now, but gun violence continues to fracture American communities and American families every single day. Last year, we saw a historic spike in homicides across America. And we know gun violence in our cities disproportionately affects black and brown individuals. Last month, we also saw a near record increase in the number of gun sales.
"We look forward to working with gun violence survivors and advocates and sharing more in the weeks and months ahead about our efforts to make our communities safer."
As GPM has reported, the Biden team made gun control a focus of its campaign, releasing an 11-page gun control plan during the primaries last year.
Gun rights groups, namely the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR), has been warning supporters about impending gun control measures, that could include:
- screenings for would-be gun owners
- bans on certain types of guns and ammunition
- restrictions on how many guns and how much ammo a person can own
- bans on so-called "high-capacity" magazines
- bans on owning guns for self-defense
H.R. 127 is also on the table. This is NAGR's "worst nightmare," and would, were it to become law (from NAGR):
Create a National Gun Licensing system
Require gun owners to get firearm insurance
Create a PUBLICLY accessible registry for firearms and ammunition
Institute federal waiting periods on firearm purchases
Ban standard capacity magazines, 10 rounds and up
Teresa Mull (firstname.lastname@example.org) is editor of Gunpowder Magazine.