Fact Checker: Hinson exaggerates Biden’s gun control order

Fact Checker: Hinson exaggerates Biden’s gun control order

U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette) With a flurry of mass shootings so far in 2021 — more than 150 according to the not-for-profit Gun Violence Archive — President Joe Biden has used his power as an executive to address gun control, among other issues. The action caused an uproar among many Republicans in Congress, including U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson. The Marion Republican sent a statement April 8 saying the executive action will “trample” Iowans’ constitutional rights. “With the stroke of a pen, the President would make it harder to purchase a firearm for self-defense and potentially make millions of lawful gun owners criminals," Hinson said in the statement. We’ll first take a look at whether Biden “would make it harder to purchase a firearm for self-defense.” When asked for sourcing, Hinson’s spokeswoman Sophie Seid pointed to the part of Biden’s order regarding stabilizing braces. A stabilizing brace is an accessory that someone can attach to the back of a firearm to extend it and allow it to be “secured to the shooter’s forearm” or used as a “quasi-shoulder stock,” according to a report from the Congressional Research Service. A stabilizing brace was believed to have been used in the March 22 Boulder mass shooting, according to The Denver Post . Biden’s executive actions prompt the Department of Justice to “issue a proposed rule” for weapons with stabilizing braces to be subject to registration requirements of the National Firearms Act. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and […]

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