Gun Owners of America, which describes itself as the “no-compromise gun lobby,” is preparing a legal challenge to President Joe Biden’s ghost gun regulation, according to GOA Senior Vice President Erich Pratt.
In a memorable April Rose Garden press conference, during which Biden showed how to put together gun parts, he announced a new rule imposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) at the urging of the Biden administration, which does several things to restrict gun access. It bans the business of manufacturing unserialized “buy-build-shoot” kits that can be purchased without a background check. The kits contain parts that can be assembled into a gun. These kits will now be considered firearms under the Gun Control Act.
It means commercial manufacturers of such kits must become licensed and include serial numbers on the kit frame or receiver, and commercial sellers of these kits must become federally licensed and run background checks prior to a sale, as they do with other commercially-made firearms.
The federal regulation will take effect 120 days from April 26, 2022, the date it was published in the Federal Register.
Advocates for the Second Amendment (the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed) say the regulation is unconstitutional, would curtail innocent gun activity, and could be the start of the government keeping a list of gun owners that could lead to public gun confiscation.
Pratt says the administration is pejoratively calling homemade guns “ghost guns,” and that it is problematic for Biden alone to cause such a major change in U.S. gun laws.
“He basically admitted in the Rose Garden that he couldn’t get gun control passed in Congress. He said Congress isn’t passing any gun control restrictions, so ultimately, he’s making an end around Congress,” Pratt told The Epoch Times. “He just wants to pass gun control, any gun control, but really that’s lawless. It’s the job of Congress, not the president, to make laws.”
The regulation could lead to restrictions on First and Second Amendment rights, Pratt said, but he predicted it won’t have an impact on crime.
“This is going to do nothing to curb crime. It’s a total head fake. The real problem is the left has been throwing criminals back out on the street where they are committing repeat crimes,” Pratt said. “There’s also the registration threat that is a huge problem. We gun owners have always opposed registration because historically, politicians just can’t be trusted with this kind of information.”
Val Finnell, GOA’s Pennsylvania director, says putting serial numbers on guns gives a mechanism for the government to register guns. Meanwhile, criminals grind serial numbers off guns. It’s easy, he said, for the government to turn a gun registry into a list for confiscation.
By Beth Brelje