The War Over Guns

Tennessee has just passed a permitless carry law, commonly reffered to constitutional carry. This law will take effect July 1st.

It is now one of 19 states that have a similar law. People who are 21 and over can now carry openly, or concealed without a permit. Same applies to military members who are 18 and 20.

This comes in the wake of a press conference President Biden held saying that he will order the DOJ to investigate and propose rules for states.

The Justice Department, within 30 days, will issue a proposed rule to help stop the proliferation of “ghost guns.” (Ghost guns being guns that you can build yourself that don’t have a serial number.)

The Justice Department, within 60 days, will issue a proposed rule to make clear when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace effectively turns a pistol into a short-barreled rifle subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act.

The Justice Department, within 60 days, will publish model “red flag” legislation for states. (Red flag laws are where an individual “a” can tell the police that another individual “b” is mentally unfit. Then the police will come and take or bar person “b” from having or owning firearms until they are deemed mentally stable. The issue with this is you are presumed guilty until proven innocent.)

This press conference was also filled with many falsehoods.

President Biden said, “But you go to a gun show, you can buy whatever you want and no background check.” What’s false about this statement is that federal law doesn’t regulate where the sale happens but who’s involved. Any licensed firearms dealer must do a background check on any sale. Either in store or at a gun show. Private, person to person sales do not. However, some states do require a background check even with private sales.

Biden also called out the “Charleston loophole”, which is reference to the Charleston Church shooting. What happened in this case was the shooter was able to get the firearm after the FBI neglected to give the all clear or not after three days. The issue with this is that the shooting happened months after the man had bought the firearm and the FBI never found any records that would’ve prevented him from buying a firearm in the first place.

Of course, any laws trying go through Congress will have a difficult time as Republicans will be staunchly against most if not all of these proposed measures.

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