Signaling that he will make good on his promises to push for gun control, President-elect Joe Biden plans to surround himself with gun control advocates in his soon-to-be administration. Biden pulled the trigger on adding Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo for Commerce Secretary and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for Labor Secretary to a growing number of gun control advocates in his soon-to-be cabinet. Both have a history of advocating for gun-control legislation.
Raimondo, along with the Attorney General of Rhode Island, sponsored eight gun control proposals in 2020. The bills included measures to ban “assault” rifles. The AP reported that “the bills would ban military-style assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and 3D-printed guns, as well as require gun sellers to send firearm purchase applications to police departments where the buyer lives.
Raimondo’s proposals also included rules for safe storage of firearms, the prohibition of guns in school, the prohibition of carrying loaded long guns on public roads, and the prohibition of purchasing guns for someone else.
Second amendment advocates said that Raimondo’s proposals would punish law-abiding citizens while doing nothing about crime. Raimondo claimed that the laws would “save lives.”
Walsh, in 2018, joined forces with Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) to promote a firearm restriction act in Congress that would provide states with monetary incentives to impose strict gun regulations on their citizens. The Boston Magazine reported on the proposed bill: “It would set aside grants from the Justice Department of $20 million per year that could be used to incentivize states to adopt measures similar to those in place here, where gun laws are among the strictest in the nation and where police chiefs are given broad authority to determine whether someone is given a license to carry a firearm.”
Massachusetts has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, and Walsh wants to see the rest of the country implement the same restrictive laws. When introducing the MASS bill, he said: Our gun safety bills are a model for other states and, I believe, for the United States Congress to follow One shooting is one too many shootings. Young people in our neighborhoods across our city face this violence every single day. I hope Congress will look at Boston and Massachusetts as an example of how to move forward and stop the violence.
Though Biden didn’t do much campaigning in 2020, he promised on his campaign website to use his executive authority, as president, to ban “assault weapons”: “Joe Biden will enact legislation to once again ban assault weapons.
This time, the bans will be designed based on lessons learned from the 1994 bans. For example, the ban on assault weapons will be designed to prevent manufacturers from circumventing the law by making minor changes that don’t limit the weapon’s lethality. While working to pass this legislation, Biden will also use his executive authority to ban the importation of assault weapons.”
With Democrats in control of the White House, the Senate, and the House, Americans can expect that national gun control laws will be a top priority in Congress. Disarming Americans has been on their wish list for decades. Democrats will have the ability to force all states to comply with their anti-gun agenda.