The White House last week signaled a possible attempt is underway to Hail Mary a federal ban on popular semi-automatic firearms through the current Democrat-controlled Congress. 

In a regularly scheduled Nov. 22 press conference, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre slammed the availability of such common firearms, saying, "The President is not going to stop until we ban assault ban — assault weapons. This is something that he did 30 years ago, as you know. You’ve heard him talking about it when he was a senator. In 1994, he was able to put that forward and it saved lives. And unfortunately, it sunset 10 years later."

 

Biden, a key supporter of the measure in the U.S. Senate in 1994, sat behind President Bill Clinton at the signing of the controversial 1994 crime bill which included the oft-derided federal Assault Weapon Ban. (Photo: C-SPAN screenshot)

 

When asked if Biden would make a move to reestablish a federal AWB in the upcoming two-month "lame duck" window before the 118th Congress is seated-- in which Republicans are slated to control the House of Representatives-- Jean-Pierre said, "This is something that he’s — an issue that he’s worked on for so long.  And we don’t think — it should be — it should have happened months ago; it should have happened years ago." 

Just two days later, while speaking to the press at a PR event at a Massachusetts fire department on Thanksgiving, Biden bemoaned the fact that so-called "red flag" gun seizure orders aren't used as much as he would like, then turned to gun ban talk. 

"The idea — the idea we still allow semiautomatic weapons to be purchased is sick," he said, even though estimates hold over 24 million AR-15 style rifles alone are in circulation. "It’s just sick. It has no, no social redeeming value. Zero. None."

When asked if he would move on them during the lame duck session, Biden stated "I’m going to try," then when further pressed that "I got to make that assessment as I get in and start counting the votes."

 

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While the Democrat-controlled House has already proposed and narrowly passed a massive 125-page AWB that is even tougher than the country's divisive 1994 ban, it has been stalled out in the Senate Judiciary Committee since August, where a companion bill proposed by 89-year-old U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, is also on the table, with 37 co-sponsors attached. 

The Dems hold a narrow 50-seat majority in the 100-seat Senate due to the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris but would require 60 votes to overcome an expected Republican filibuster to send the ban to Biden's desk. Should the GOP drop the ball, or Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer successfully move to suspend the filibuster, a new ban could become very real.

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