Biden to Announce Sweeping Gun-Control Restrictions – By Stephen Gutowski (Free Beacon) / April 7 2021
Executive orders will regulate unfinished gun parts
President Joe Biden will announce a series of executive actions to institute gun-control measures Thursday.
Biden will pursue a policy restricting homemade firearms, according to a report from Politico. He will direct his administration to find a way to regulate unfinished firearms parts the same way as functioning guns. The goal will be to require buyers of unfinished parts to go through background checks before finalizing their purchase.
Biden will reportedly frame the measures as a response to recent mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado. Homemade guns were not used in either event. There are no details on how Biden plans to regulate unfinished firearm parts, but his administration may face an uphill battle given recent court rulings against how the ATF regulates AR-15 parts.
Federal law regulates the “receiver” of a firearm the same way as a fully assembled gun, but the definition of what constitutes a “receiver” can be complicated by firearm design. If the Biden administration attempts to broaden the definition of what constitutes a firearm “receiver,” it could face significant legal challenges from Second Amendment advocates. President Donald Trump’s unilateral action redefining bump stocks as “machine guns” under federal law in response to the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, a similar action to the one Biden is expected to order, was quashed in federal court in March. Federal prosecutors have Dropped Several Cases in recent years as judges indicated the ATF’s definition of an AR-15 “receiver” is too broad.