The attorneys general are signaling they can take legal action against President Biden’s new gun control guidelines announced on Thursday.
The president announced a series of new executive measures and legislative proposals to strengthen gun control on Thursday. Describing gun violence in the country as a “public health crisis,” he added that the government’s actions do not harm Americans’ rights under the Second Amendment.
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Attorneys-general from Arkansas, West Virginia, and Montana appear to disagree.
“As a Christian, true-to-life, gun-bearing, Conservative mom, I’m not going to have Joe Biden deprived of our rights under the Second Amendment with the stroke of a pen,” said Arkansas Attorney General and 2022 gubernatorial candidate Leslie Rutledge said in a video posted on Friday posted on Twitter. “As attorney general, I’ll back off against Biden’s hilt.”
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said in a statement Thursday that the second amendment was one of the “top priorities” for West Virginia.
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“I will not let the extreme left disregard our citizens’ gun rights,” he said. “If President Biden implements his proposals, we will be on trial very quickly.”
Morrisey added that “Gun violence and the associated senseless death should harm all Americans,” but “the evil deeds of some chosen ones should never be a catalyst to deprive the rightful masses of their constitutional rights, particularly their right to self-defense, and guns to wear. “
Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen questioned the president’s decision to appoint gun control attorney David Chipman to head the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) bureau.
Chipman was an ATF Special Agent for 25 years and serves as the senior political advisor to the Giffords Group on Gun Violence Prevention.
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“David Chipman is @ JoeBiden’s most extreme candidate to date,” tweeted Knudsen on Friday. “He’s a fanatical gun control lobbyist / activist who wants to tax and register all semi-automobiles. Chipman is not qualified to be an ATF director, and his nomination alone is an attack on law-abiding gun owners.”
A government official told reporters on Wednesday the president’s gun control measures. Among them, Biden is asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) to propose a rule within a month to stop “ghost guns”. These are “kits” that people can legally buy to assemble a working firearm without a serial number.
Biden also asked the DOJ to propose a rule for handgun braces that would make them more accurate within 60 days. Propose measures to “intervene against violence in the community”; Publish proposals for “red flag” legislation; and asks his government to issue a report on the arms trade.
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A number of Republican lawmakers have also spoken out against the president’s gun control measures, including California minority leader Kevin McCarthy, Senator Ted Cruz from Texas, Senator Josh Hawley from Missouri and Rep. Mike Gallagher from Wisconsin.
Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.