MSN.COM November 20, 2020 – Joe Biden talks funny about guns. Like when he said in October that people should shoot attackers in the leg, as if it would stop them from firing. Or when he suggested in 2013 that people should unload their double-barreled shotgun into the air to scare away home invaders. Then what? But as silly or uneducated as those comments might sound, the gun industry is taking Biden extremely seriously because he is pushing an agenda that threatens their business.
“The strongest gun safety ticket in U.S. history was elected president and vice president,” tweeted Shannon Watts, founder of the anti-gun Moms Demand Action.
Gun lobbyists and dealers told Secrets that they believe her, especially since Biden has called for a ban on AR-style weapons, of which there are 20 million in the country, limits to ammo magazines, demands for gun registration, and a possible buyback program. And he could do some of that by executive order or through agency rulings.
They also note that Biden has suggested that he would name anti-gun former Rep. Beto O’Rourke as his gun czar, and the Texan has suggested an AR ban. What’s more, the industry fears that the federal agency that oversees guns, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, is anti-gun and will expand its recent efforts to tighten rules in a Biden administration.
“The firearm industry believes him. There’s no reason to doubt or to equivocate with calls to unite. Taking Biden at anything less than his word is malfeasance,” said Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Erich Pratt, senior vice president of Gun Owners of America, told Secrets, “The Biden gun control plan is the most aggressive and dangerous than we’ve ever seen put forward from a tier-one presidential candidate — and includes more than two dozen draconian objectives.”
The lobby has been here before and won. But recent moves in several states, including Virginia, home of the National Rifle Association where Democrats force through new gun-control initiatives this year despite protests, are worrying signs.
Industry officials, however, told Secrets that despite Biden’s bluster, the nation’s new gun-buying surge, and some polls are working against the Democrat’s plan.
A new Gallup survey, for example, found declining support for gun control despite headline-grabbing shootings in major cities. “In a year that has seen record-high gun sales, Americans’ appetite for gun control is the lowest it has been since 2016.” [full article]