Texas Gov.: Biden Could Tell Executive Branch to Start Prosecuting Gun Crimes Already Sent to the Federal Government – By Melanie Arter (CNS News) / April 12 2021
(CNSNews.com) – Instead of issuing executive orders that infringe on the Second Amendment rights of U.S. citizens, President Joe Biden can tell his executive branch to prosecute gun crimes that have already been sent to the federal government, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told “Fox News Sunday.”
When asked whether there is any gun control that the governor would accept, Abbott said, “Let me mention a couple things. One is I think there is no acceptable way that a president by executive order can infringe upon Second Amendment rights or alter Second Amendment rights. Second, if the president wanted to do something more than show — if the president really wanted to do something substantively, what he really could do by executive order is to eliminate the backlog of complaints that have already been filed about gun crimes that have taken place.
“You probably know what NICS is, which is the background check organization. Back in 2018 NICS received 122,000 complaints about people providing false information when they tried to buy a gun. They sent those to the ATF. The ATF sent 12,000 — this is important. They sent 12,000 on two U.S. attorneys. U.S. attorneys prosecuted 12. Here’s my point. By executive action, the president could cut down on gun crimes if all he did was to tell his executive branch to start prosecuting the gun crimes that have already been sent to the federal government,” he said.