Good afternoon from Capitol Hill.
The House and Senate are both in recess. Before leaving for the break, the Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, where she will replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer when he steps down later this summer. Republican senators Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkwoski, and Susan Collins joined Democrats in confirming Judge Jackson in a 53 to 47 vote.
Meanwhile, the $10 billion in additional COVID19 related funding is still stalled in the Senate over Republican demands for a vote on reinstating Title 42, the pandemic-era border law the Biden administration plans to lift next month.
And while Congress is away, the White House will play. Late last year, the Biden administration withdrew the nomination of David Chipman to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after Republicans and some moderate Democrats expressed concern over his history of advocating for gun restrictions (I’m putting it mildly, he was an anti-gun lobbyist).
They’ve since nominated former DOJ official and former U.S. Attorney Steve Dittelbach. Dittelbach reportedly supports universal background checks and a reinstatement of the assault-weapons ban. According to our friends at the American Accountability Foundation, he also appears to oppose parents being able to refuse gender dysphoria treatment in schools.
This comes as the Biden White House is proposing new regulations on so-called “ghost guns.” I asked CPI’s Director of Government Affairs and in-house firearms expert Phil Reboli (check out The Minute Man Moment, which he hosts for Gun Owners of America) for his take.
On Monday, Biden announced his expansion of ATF’s illegal billion-record gun registry. Once implemented, every gun sale record, starting with every form filled out on and after August 9th, 2002 and in perpetuity, will end up in a searchable computerized national gun registry. These records include the names, social security numbers, height, weight, sex, and place of birth of gun owners as well as the make, model, and serial number of the guns they own. All of this is being done in violation of the Firearm Owners Protection Act which prohibits any new rules or regulations from establishing or expanding a federal registry of guns, gun owners, or firearm transactions.
The administration appears to be using this proposal to seem like they’re “doing something” about the record breaking homicide rate sweeping the country, which polls suggest is a key concern among voters. Though color me skeptical ghost guns are the reason for the spike when liberal, Soros-backed DAs across the country are literally letting people out of prison. Seems like there could be a cause and effect there, but what do I know?
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