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District of Columbia | June 24, 2021

‘Zero Tolerance’ for Gun Dealers Who Break Law Under New 5-Point Plan: Biden

District of Columbia | June 24, 2021

President Joe Biden on Wednesday unveiled new measures that he says will address gun violence and violent crime, promising to aggressively pursue gun dealers who willfully break the law and to boost federal funding for local law enforcement amid a rise in homicide rates in the country over the past year.

The first agenda in the administration’s new five-point plan is to “help stem the flow of guns into the hands of those responsible for violence,” including by having a “zero tolerance” policy for gun dealers that violate the law. As part of the policy, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) under the Justice Department will seek to revoke the licenses of gun dealers who are found to violate federal law by “willfully” transferring a firearm to a person prohibited from owning one, failing to run a required background check, falsifying records such as a form for firearms transaction, failing to respond to a tracing request from the ATF, or refusing to let the ATF carry out an inspection…

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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District of Columbia | May 25, 2021

Over 20 Million Hold Concealed Carry Permits as Supreme Court Test Case Looms

District of Columbia | May 25, 2021

More than 20 million Americans currently hold a permit to carry a concealed weapon, a historically high number that comes ahead of what will likely be a landmark Supreme Court ruling regarding carry rights under the Second Amendment.

The court last month said it would take up an appeal by two U.S. gun owners on the question of whether or not the Second Amendment protects an American’s right to carry a concealed firearm. Previous court rulings have affirmed that the amendment protects the individual right of American citizens to own guns.

The concealed carry question has eluded constitutional scrutiny thus far, even as the number of Americans possessing concealed permits has soared to historic levels….

(Excerpts from the Tennessee Star)

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District of Columbia | May 3, 2021

‘God Isn’t Done with America Yet,’ Mike Pence Says in Speech about Nation’s Future

District of Columbia | May 3, 2021

Former Vice President Mike Pence said last week he remains hopeful in the future of America and believes Republicans will re-capture the White House and Congress in the next four years. Speaking Thursday at a Columbia, S.C., event sponsored by the Palmetto Family Council, Pence criticized the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris administration while touting the accomplishments of the Trump-Pence White House and promoting a future conservative agenda. He encouraged people of faith to deepen their trust in God…

(Excerpt from Christian Headlines)

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District of Columbia | April 26, 2021

Supreme Court takes up Second Amendment case

District of Columbia | April 26, 2021

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to restrictions on carrying firearms outside the home, teeing up a potentially landmark dispute over the scope of the Second Amendment.

In an unsigned order, the justices took up a bid by two gun owners and a New York affiliate of the National Rifle Association to challenge the state’s denial of their applications for concealed-carry licenses for self-defense….

(Excerpts from The Hill)

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Arizona, District of Columbia | April 23, 2021

Poll: Americans Not Buying Into Democrats’ Anti-Gun Panic Rhetoric

Arizona, District of Columbia | April 23, 2021
Democrats Still Can’t Make Gun Laws More Popular

The anti-gun lobby is loud, well-funded, and a darling of the mainstream media. If someone were to awaken from a long coma and begin paying attention to the gun conversation in the American MSM, he or she would undoubtedly believe that most Americans are overwhelmingly in favor of much stricter gun laws or even abolishing the Second Amendment altogether…

(Excerpts from PJ Media)

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District of Columbia | April 9, 2021

Politifact Finds Joe Biden Exaggerates about Background Checks at Gun Shows

District of Columbia | April 9, 2021
  • If you go to a gun show and buy a firearm from a federally licensed seller, you will have to pass a background check, just as if you went to a bricks-and-mortar gun store. You would only escape a background check at a gun show if you bought from a seller who isn’t federally licensed.
  • While the data is incomplete, federally licensed sellers have been found to make up a substantial share, and perhaps a majority, of gun show vendors.

In a Rose Garden event, President Joe Biden announced several actions his administration will take to address what he called an “epidemic” of gun violence. Biden repeated his call for Congress to pass legislation to expand background checks. The House voted largely along party lines to pass a pair of background check bills this year, but they haven’t moved forward in the Senate. “These bills, one, require background checks for anyone purchasing a gun at a gun show or an online sale,” Biden said at the April 8 event. “Most people don’t know it, you walk into a store and you buy a gun, you have a background check. But you go to a gun show, you can buy whatever you want, and no background check.”…

Advocates for stricter gun control measures often talk about the “gun show loophole,” though some observers say the term is a misnomer. The phrase itself doesn’t explain who is and isn’t required to run background checks at gun shows. Federal law requires that people in the business of dealing in firearms be licensed by the federal government. Specifically, the law says that a license is required if “a person who devotes time, attention, and labor to dealing in firearms as a regular course of trade or business with the principal objective of livelihood and profit through the repetitive purchase and resale of firearms.” The law specifically rules out a required license if a person “makes occasional sales, exchanges, or purchases of firearms for the enhancement of a personal collection or for a hobby, or who sells all or part of his personal collection of firearms.” This can sometimes be a fuzzy distinction, but it means many sellers of guns do need to have a license…..

Our ruling

Biden said, “You go to a gun show, you can buy whatever you want, and no background check.” This is overstated. If you go to a gun show and buy a firearm from a federally licensed seller, you will have to pass a background check, just as if you went to a bricks-and-mortar gun store. You would only escape a background check at a gun show if you bought from a seller who isn’t federally licensed. While the data is incomplete, federally licensed sellers have been found to make up a substantial share, and perhaps a majority, of gun show vendors. We rate Biden’s statement Mostly False.

(Excerpts from Politifact)

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