While they shied away from linking Biden to gun bans during the election cycle, national gun control groups over the weekend were quick to celebrate his anti-gun platform once the media declared his party the projected winner of the 2020 Presidential election.
Brady, Everytown, and Giffords all hailed announcements Saturday from the Associated Press, Reuters, and others that former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, both Democrats, would be the 46th President and 49th Vice President, respectively. While the groups spent ad dollars on the lead up to the election avoiding gun politics, instead opting to encourage early voting, slam President Trump for the COVID-19 response, and even profess to have many gun owners in their ranks, in the victory lap posts published by the groups this weekend, such pretense dropped away.
"As a senator, Joe Biden passionately joined Jim and Sarah Brady in shepherding the bipartisan Brady Bill through Congress and passing a federal assault weapons ban," pointed out the Brady Campaign with a recent photo of Biden holding a sign with the message, "Ban Assault Weapons Now."
The group went on to point out in the same press release that, as President, Biden would have Executive Authority to instruct ATF to "broaden its interpretations" of the term "firearm" to include regulating unfinished frames and receivers.
Everytown, formed from billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns group, Sunday celebrated the Biden/Harris platform's firearm prohibition policies.
"Calling gun violence a 'public health epidemic,' President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris ran on an expansive platform to reduce gun violence, which included requiring background checks on all gun sales, enacting red flag laws, stopping the proliferation of 'ghost guns,' prohibiting the sale of assault weapons, and ending immunity for the gun industry," said Everytown in a statement. "Together, they represented the strongest presidential gun safety ticket in history."
Meanwhile, Giffords hailed Biden as a "president who has the empathy to be a transformative leader during the difficult days ahead," while simultaneously touting the group's efforts to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner in favor of his Democratic challenger, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
It should be noted that Hickenlooper presided over the Centennial State's controversial 2013 "large-capacity magazine" ban.
Likewise, Giffords co-founder Mark Kelly is set to join Hickenlooper in the Senate next session, unseating Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally in Arizona in a close race after an expensive 630-day campaign push that included $3.8 million spent in Arizona by Everytown. While Kelly often ducked gun politics on the campaign trail in a red-leaning state that has constitutional carry, the Bloomberg-backed gun control organ welcomed his win with open arms.
“Everytown is proud to count Mark Kelly as a longtime partner, and we’re excited to help him and his new colleagues in the Senate pass long-overdue federal gun safety laws," said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown.