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DC – GUN POLITICS – Biden Cool to Some Dem Demands, Calls Them ‘Beyond the Bounds’ of Exec Orders

Democrats have reportedly been urging Joe Biden to use executive orders to implement progressive policies, but he said gun control and defunding the police are ”way beyond the bounds.”

In a two-hour virtual meeting Tuesday, civil rights leaders urged him privately to take a slew of executive actions, but Biden tapped the breaks, The Intercept reported. ”So there’s some things that I’m going to be able to do by executive order. I’m not going to hesitate to do it, but what I’m not going to do is … I am not going to violate the Constitution,” he said, the news outlet reported, citing excerpts of which can be heard on its podcast. ”Executive authority that my progressive friends talk about is way beyond the bounds,” he said. ”I’m not going to exercise executive authority where it’s a question, where I can come along and say, ‘I can do away with assault weapons.’ There’s no executive authority to do away that,” he added. ”We do that, next guy comes along and says, ‘Well, guess what? By executive order, I guess everybody can have machine guns again.’ So we gotta be careful.”   [full article]

 

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