U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN-05) said this week that U.S. President Joe Biden’s executive plans on gun control will save lives.
Cooper, in a press release, went on to say that this is especially true “here in Middle Tennessee where our governor just signed a bill to allow the carrying of firearms without a permit.”
“President Biden’s executive actions will invest in evidence-based community violence intervention, provide model red flag laws for states, and begin new initiatives to track gun trafficking and ‘ghost guns’ that lack a serial number,” Cooper said.
Last month Cooper said he joined the U.S. House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force in a letter asking Biden to use his authority under The National Firearms Act to regulate the sales of concealable assault-style weapons.
Cooper also joined Democratic Members of Congress in a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) last week asking him to bring the expanded background check bills for gun sales up for a vote in the U.S. Senate. The bills, H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021, and H.R. 1446, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021, passed the U.S. House of Representatives last month. Cooper said they will eliminate loopholes and expand background checks on all gun purchases.
Biden last week announced a series of executive plans he will take that he said will address gun violence. He described gun violence as an epidemic and a national embarrassment. Biden said his executive orders will tighten restrictions on ghost guns, firearms without serial numbers that are sold in kits and assembled at home, and pistol stabilizing braces.
The president said he will also direct resources toward community violence prevention and wants to address the frequent gun violence that affects Blacks and Latinos. He also ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to create a template for each state to enact red flag laws that allow judges to seize firearms from people deemed a threat to themselves or others.
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