Target Biden: Gun industry readies its biggest political war ever

Target Biden: Gun industry readies its biggest political war ever

Joe Biden talks funny about guns. Like when he said in October that people should shoot attackers in the leg, as if it would stop them from firing. Or when he suggested in 2013 that people should unload their double-barreled shotgun into the air to scare away home invaders. Then what? But as silly or uneducated as those comments might sound, the gun industry is taking Biden extremely seriously because he is pushing an agenda that threatens their business. “The strongest gun safety ticket in U.S. history was elected president and vice president,” tweeted Shannon Watts, founder of the anti-gun Moms Demand Action. Gun lobbyists and dealers told Secrets that they believe her, especially since Biden has called for a ban on AR-style weapons, of which there are 20 million in the country, limits to ammo magazines, demands for gun registration, and a possible buyback program. And he could do some of that by executive order or through agency rulings. They also note that Biden has suggested that he would name anti-gun former Rep. Beto O’Rourke as his gun czar, and the Texan has suggested an AR ban. What’s more, the industry fears that the federal agency that oversees guns, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, is anti-gun and will expand it’s recent efforts to tighten rules in a Biden administration. “The firearm industry believes him. There’s no reason to doubt or to equivocate with calls to unite. Taking Biden at anything less than his word is […]

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