Gun Control

After the mass shootings in Uvalde, Buffalo, Highland Park, such an overwhelming majority of Americans demanded gun control legislation that Republicans finally did not block the passage of the Safer Communities Act — the first gun control bill passed in 30 years. Prior to this, President Biden had issued a series of directives and executive orders to address the gun violence epidemic, including imposing certain purchase requirements and community intervention programs. The Democratic majority in the House also passed the first assault weapons ban since 2004.

 

What Have the Biden-Harris Administration and Dems Done?

 

  • Signed into law the Safer Communities Act (June 2022) which:
      • Is the first gun control law signed into law in 30 years!
      • Requires background checks for buyers under 21.
      • Disarms domestic abusers by closing the “boyfriend loophole.”
      • Supports state red flag laws which allow removal of firearms if a person is a threat to themselves or others.
      • Provides historic funding to address the youth mental health crisis.
      • Funds anti-violence prevention and community violence intervention programs.
      • Cracks down on gun trafficking by passing the first ever federal laws against interstate gun trafficking and straw purchasing.
      • Funds school violence prevention efforts, training, and safety measures.
      • Provides funding for accountability programs for police, and training and hiring police. (Note: Republicans have voted 2x against funding for police.)
      • Increase public safety and reduce mass incarceration by establishing the Accelerating Justice System Reform program.
  • Issued ghost gun regulations which require serial numbers and background checks for homemade guns.
  • Required federally licensed gun dealers to maintain permanent records and transfer them to the ATF once they close sales.
  • Directed US Attorney offices around the country to increase state and local resources to address violent crime.
  • Launched 5 new law enforcement strike teams to address firearm trafficking, opening over 540 investigations and taking into custody thousands of illegal firearms.
  • Established zero-tolerance policies for federally-licensed gun dealers that willfully violate the law.
  • Invested historic amounts in community violence interventions through the American Rescue Plan.
  • Helped states enact “red flag” legislation by publishing model legislation to make it easier for states to adopt red flag laws.
  • Invested in public safety strategies such as summer jobs for young adults and substance abuse and mental health services through the American Rescue Plan.
  • Awarded funding to support educational, enrichment, and professional opportunities for youth through the Department of Labor’s YouthBuild program to provide pre-apprenticeship opportunities for young people ages 16-24 and the Workforce Pathways for Youth program to expand workforce development activities that serve youth ages 14-21 non-school hours.
  • Issuing the first DOJ firearm trafficking report since 2000.
  • Launched a PSA campaign on safe firearm storage.
  • Established a 12-person intergovernmental task force addressing the government’s approach to reducing gun violence.

What Have the Biden-Harris Administration and Dems Done?

    • Signed into law the Safer Communities Act (June 2022) which:
        • The first gun control law signed into law in 30 years!
        • Requires background checks for buyers under 21.
        • Disarms domestic abusers by closing the “boyfriend loophole.”
        • Supports state red flag laws which allow removal of firearms if a person is a threat to themselves or others.
        • Provides historic funding to address the youth mental health crisis.
        • Funds anti-violence prevention and community violence intervention programs.
        • Cracks down on gun trafficking by passing the first ever federal laws against interstate gun trafficking and straw purchasing.
        • Funds school violence prevention efforts, training, and safety measures.
        • Provides funding for accountability programs for police, and training and hiring police. (Note: Republicans have voted 2x against funding for police.)
        • Increase public safety and reduce mass incarceration by establishing the Accelerating Justice System Reform program.
    • Issued ghost gun regulations. The DOJ issued new ghost gun rules requiring serial numbers and background checks for homemade guns to rein in the proliferation of “ghost guns” – which are unserialized, privately-made firearms that law enforcement are increasingly recovering at crime scenes in cities across the country.
    • Required federally licensed gun dealers to maintain permanent records and transfer them to the ATF once they close sales.
    • Directed US Attorney offices around the country to increase state and local resources to address violent crime. The AG has directed every U.S. Attorney’s Office to increase resources dedicated to district specific violent crime strategies, and is working with state and local law enforcement to address the most significant drivers of violence in each district.
    • Launched 5 new law enforcement strike teams to address firearm trafficking. These strike forces have opened over 540 investigations and taken custody of thousands of illegal firearms. These strike teams have also added personnel along the “Iron Pipeline” — where weapons are sold in the South and transported up the East Coast
    • Established zero-tolerance policies for federally-licensed gun dealers that willfully violate the law.
    • Invested historic amounts in community violence interventions through the American Rescue Plan.
    • Helped states enact “red flag” legislation. The DOJ published model legislation to make it easier for states to adopt red flag laws. This model allows family members or law enforcement to petition a court order to temporarily bar people in crisis from accessing firearms if they present a danger to themselves or others.
    • Invested in public safety strategies such as summer jobs for young adults and substance abuse and mental health services. The American Rescue Plan made funding available for the hiring of mental health professionals, expanding employment and job training opportunities for young and formerly incarcerated people, and providing financial assistance for food, healthcare, mental health support and housing.
    • Awarded funding to support educational, enrichment, and professional opportunities for youth. The Department of Labor awarded $89M through its YouthBuild program to provide pre-apprenticeship opportunities for young people ages 16-24. It also awarded $20M through its Workforce Pathways for Youth program to expand workforce development activities that serve youth ages 14-21 during “out of school” time (non-school hours).
    • Issued the first DOJ firearm trafficking report since 2000.
    • Launched a PSA campaign on safe firearm storage.
    • Established a 12-person intergovernmental task force addressing the government’s approach to reducing gun violence.

LAST UPDATED ON SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2022