ATF’s New Background Check Rule is the Latest Move in Biden’s War on Guns

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From the Second Amendment Foundation

The Biden administration’s new rule to expand background check requirements for private gun sales amounts to another attack on America’s gun owners, the Second Amendment Foundation said in response.

“This is a continuation of the Biden war on guns,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “It is another attempt to get around Congress to make new laws without congressional approval.”

The White House contends this rule is intended to close the so-called “gun show loophole” and the related “online sale loophole.” 

“The president is claiming this will keep guns out of the hands of felons, and he knows better,” Gottlieb said. “If history has taught us anything, it would be that criminals do not obtain the guns they use through legitimate channels, and that gun control laws have never prevented criminals from obtaining a firearm. All this rule will accomplish is to place yet another burden on honest citizens wanting to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

“Even more troublesome,” added SAF Executive Director Adam Kraut, “is the potential for abuse by Biden’s weaponized ATF against private citizens legally selling their personal firearms collections or family heirlooms.”

Research done by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics has repeatedly found that gun shows are responsible for less than one percent (0.8%) of guns used by criminals convicted of crimes involving firearms. 

The rule takes effect in 30 days. It is almost certain to be challenged in federal court. 

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