Biden announces plans to combat gun violence, Gordon and Cheney vow to protect 2nd Amendment

WYOMING — Yesterday, April 8, President Joe Biden announced several steps he wants his administration to address to combat gun violence in the United States, during a speech at the White House.

At the beginning of his speech, President Biden said, “Nothing — nothing I’m about to recommend in any way impinges on the Second Amendment.  They’re phony, arguments suggesting that these are Second Amendment rights at stake from what we’re talking about.”

He said, “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it’s an international embarrassment.”

President Biden discussed “initial steps my administration is taking to curb this epidemic of gun violence.” he discussed reigning in “ghost guns”, guns he described as being made from kits that do not have serial numbers. Buyers are not required to pass background checks to purchase the kits. Biden said he wanted to see “ghost guns” treated as firearms under the Gun Control Act.

He also asked the Justice Department to release a new annual report on firearm trafficking in the U.S., to help create policy. Biden also discussed treating pistols modified with stabilizing braces, like the one used by the shooter in Boulder, “with the seriousness they deserve.”

Stabilizing braces essentially make guns an extension of the arm, creating a more accurate shot because it will move less when fired, compared to holding the gun in one’s hand.

He suggested that stabilizing braces and other modifications to firearms that make them more lethal should be subject to the National Firearms Act, requiring owners to pay a $200 fee and submit their name and information to the Justice Department, similar to the process required when buying a silencer.

President Biden also discussed plans to make it easier for states to adopt “red flag” laws that allow individuals and police to petition courts to temporarily take away firearms from an individual who is exhibiting dangerous behavior to themselves or others. Biden said he wants “to see a national red flag law and legislation to incentivize states to enact their own red flag laws.”

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the third-ranking House Republican. Photo: Courtesy

In response to Biden’s remarks, Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney released a statement saying, “The Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to keep and bear arms. I will always defend it. Actions like the ones President Biden took today infringe on the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans while doing nothing to prevent criminals from committing the tragic attacks we have seen in communities across our country.”

During a press conference on April 8, marking the end of the Wyoming Legislatures 2021 General Session, Governor Mark Gordon addressed the remarks made by President Biden earlier in the day. He said, “We are a second amendment state and we will protect our firearms at all costs.”

“Wyoming is, has always been, and will continue to be a state where Second Amendment rights are recognized and protected. I oppose any orders or actions imposed from the federal level that infringe on this fundamental right,” Governor Gordon said. “I will relentlessly defend our  Second Amendment and the Wyoming businesses involved in the firearms industry.”

Mark Gordon - Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon
Governor Mark Gordon. Photo: Office of Governor Mark Gordon

Gordon recently signed a number of bills related to firearms into law in Wyoming. Gordon signed House Bill 236 Firearms transactions – financial discrimination into law. The bill prohibits financial institutions and payment processors in Wyoming from discriminating against firearms businesses that support or are “engaged in the lawful commerce of firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition products.”

He also signed Senate File 155, which protects Wyoming citizens’ lawful access to firearms during emergencies. The bill states that the government can not take firearms from citizens on the basis of an emergency.

Gordon also signed House Bill 116, which extended permit-less carry in Wyoming to all law-abiding Americans. Wyoming citizens are already permitted to carry firearms without a permit, the law extends the right to all legal gun owners who wish to carry in the state, regardless of residency.

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Buckrail @ Lindsay

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.

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