National anti-gun groups, banking on Joe Biden reaching the White House in January, are publicly urging his campaign to quickly take executive-level action against currently legal guns should he take office.
Giffords, whose co-founder won an $87 million campaign to fill one of Arizona's seats in the U.S. Senate in 2021, joined with the left-leaning Center for American Progress to issue an open call for the planned Biden-Harris administration to take action on the country's gun laws from the Oval Office. A four-page letter signed by the groups and co-signed by former controversial Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett, ex-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and others, push Biden on several issues.
Outlined in the letter would be a quick installation of a "strong director" for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who would, among other tasks, "increase access to crime gun trace data." The ATF has been operating without a Senate-confirmed director since the Obama-era head, B. Todd Jones quietly resigned his position following calls for his removal over the proposed green-tip ammo ban debacle.
Next on the Giffords list would be for the Biden White House to create an "interagency task force on gun violence prevention" that would co-chaired by the White House chief of staff, the attorney general, and the secretary of Health and Human Services "to signal the importance of this issue and implement a comprehensive government approach to addressing it." Of note, the Biden camp has tapped Jen O’Malley Dillon, the former campaign manager for Beto O’Rourke who previously touted "mandatory buybacks" of semi-automatic rifles, as his deputy chief of staff. Among those already mentioned as Biden's potential AG are anti-gun champions, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The letter says the actions should "be considered during the first few months of the Biden-Harris administration."
While not mentioned in the letter, the Center for American Progress earlier this year also called for massively strengthening the National Firearms Act review and determination process-- which could put everything from shotgun-caliber firearms and pistol braces under increased scrutiny-- repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act which would open the firearms industry to frivolous lawsuits and adding extra red tape to the industry by giving the Consumer Product Safety Commission the ability to regulate guns and ammunition.
Banner image: President Barack Obama Laughs with Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office, 7/21/2014, via National Archives.