In a rare display of bipartisanship and unusual swiftness for Congress, both the Senate and House passed a gun control bill and sent it to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature.
President Biden, who has long touted his anti-gun stance, wasted no time in signing that bill into law less than 24 hours after Congress passed it, Fox News reported.
To be sure, while this measure falls far short of the strict gun bans and other severe restrictions that Biden and many Democrats have incessantly demanded, it nonetheless still infringes upon the Second Amendment-protected rights of certain American citizens and may well face legal challenges.
The new gun control law is “going to save lives,” Biden says
President Biden delivered remarks at a signing ceremony Saturday in the White House and proclaimed that “Lives will be saved” thanks to this legislation.
He proceeded to list off the locations of high-profile mass shootings over the past few decades and made mention of daily gun crime in major cities across the nation and recalled the same message heard after each incident — “‘Do something.’ How many times we heard that? ‘Just do something.’ For God’s sake, just do something.”
“Well, today, we did,” Biden said. “While this bill doesn’t do everything I want, it does include actions I’ve long called for that are going to save lives.”
The president went on to highlight some of the things the bill would purportedly do and said it was a “monumental day” even as he asserted, “I know there’s much more work to do, and I’m never going to give up.”
What does the law actually do?
Fox News noted that the so-called Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which was negotiated behind closed doors by a group of 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans, cleared the Senate Thursday with a 65-33 vote and was subsequently passed by the House Friday with a vote of 234-193.
So what does this gun control actually do? According to The Reload, nothing at all in terms of many of the top priorities of anti-gun Democrats, such as bans on so-called “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines, universal background checks, or raising the minimum age for firearms purchase and possession from 18 to 21.
It does, however, effectively add two new classes of American citizens to the status of prohibited from possessing guns for life, including anyone with who received a felony conviction or was involuntarily committed as a juvenile, along with anyone who was ever convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.
On the good side of things, the law will provide additional funding for mental health programs and school security measures, but on the bad side, it also provides funding as an incentive for states to pass controversial “red flag” laws that allow for the seizure of an individual’s firearms — with minimal, if any, due process — if that person is deemed to be a potential threat.
The law would also ostensibly crack down on gun trafficking and straw purchases — which were already illegal — and change the formal definition of a “gun dealer” to encompass more Americans who buy and sell firearms and force them to obtain a federal license and abide fully by all regulations for federally licensed dealers.