May gun sales nationally surged, in a time period directly after President Joe Biden promoted new gun control measures.
According to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System figures, in May 2021, there were over 3.2 million background checks conducted for the sale of a firearm. That’s an increase of more than 130,000 background checks from May 2020.
That coincides with the Biden administration’s gun control moves. In early April, the president announced a raft of gun control measures, which the Justice Department would issue as regulations within 60 days. Proposed rules pertained to “ghost guns,” in which individual parts bought are put together in a way that makes the composite firearm illegal, and “model” red-flag laws for states, which are aimed at preemptively seizing guns of individuals deemed by a judge to be a threat to themselves or others.
“No amendment to the Constitution is absolute,” Biden stated at a Rose Garden ceremony, likening Second Amendment limits to the doctrine of First Amendment law that its free speech clause doesn’t extend to a person yelling fire in a crowded theater because it threatens public safety.
“From the very beginning, you couldn’t own any weapon you wanted to own,” Biden said. “From the very beginning that the Second Amendment existed, certain people weren’t allowed to have weapons. So the idea is just bizarre to suggest that some of the things we’re recommending are contrary to the Constitution.”
In addition, Biden’s appointee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, David Chipman, a veteran ATF agent and former senior adviser to major gun control organizations, is on his way to confirmation in the Democratic-majority Senate.
Author: Kerry Picket, Senior Campaign Reporter
Source: Washington Examiner : Amid Biden gun control push, firearm sales surge