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Republicans stand for the Second Amendment, file lawsuits in Florida, Texas, and Arkansas against Biden’s new regulation that violates Americans’ rights


Florida – The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which protects the right to keep and bear arms, has long been a cornerstone of debate in America. This amendment has historically been interpreted to support both individual rights and state militias. Recently, this debate has intensified over the Biden administration’s new rule mandating background checks for firearm purchases at gun shows and other non-traditional settings.

Republicans stand for the Second Amendment, file lawsuits in Florida, Texas, and Arkansas against Biden's new regulation that violates Americans' rights

Republican-led States Challenge Biden’s Push to Expand Gun Control

Multiple Republican-led states, including Florida, have launched a legal challenge against a recent Biden administration rule that mandates background checks on firearm purchases at gun shows and other non-traditional venues.

This rule, introduced last month, is designed to tighten what is commonly referred to as the “gun show loophole,” a gap in federal regulation that reportedly allows thousands of firearms to be sold annually by unlicensed dealers without necessary background checks.

The new regulation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), set to take effect on May 20, extends the requirement for federal firearms licenses. It redefines what it means to be “engaged in the business” of selling firearms, aiming to ensure that sellers at gun shows and similar venues conduct background checks to confirm that buyers are legally permitted to own guns.

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This change is part of a broader effort by the Biden administration to curb gun violence, which includes a push for more stringent restrictions on firearms access and types, particularly semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15.

The legal pushback, initiated through lawsuits filed in Arkansas, Florida, and Texas, contests the ATF’s new rule on several grounds. The plaintiffs argue that the requirement for dealers to register and navigate federal bureaucracy infringes on Second Amendment rights and exceeds the president’s authority.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody criticized the rule, stating, “This is Biden’s latest step in trying to take guns away from law-abiding Americans. We are fighting back against this federal overreach… It’s unlawful and reflects a lack of respect for our Second Amendment rights. We won’t stand for it.”

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The lawsuits target the ATF, its director, the Justice Department, and Attorney General Merrick Garland, claiming that the move to license more gun dealers is a modern overreach that was not envisioned by longstanding federal laws which have defined ‘dealer’ for decades.

Political and Social Implications

As the 2024 presidential election approaches, this legal contest is expected to mobilize voters from all political backgrounds. Republican supporters generally advocate for fewer gun restrictions, while Democrats are increasingly vocal about the need for tighter control following a series of mass shootings across the United States.

President Biden has placed significant emphasis on reducing gun violence, a stance that has included the establishment of the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention, overseen by Vice President Kamala Harris.

Kris Brown, president of the gun control advocacy group Brady, expressed strong support for the new rule: “If we don’t update our national system by closing these loopholes, there is no telling how many more Americans we will lose to gun violence,” and affirmed the organization’s commitment to defending the rule.

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This unfolding legal battle not only highlights the deeply polarized views on gun control in the United States but also underscores the complexities of implementing federal regulations that aim to balance constitutional rights with public safety concerns. As the case progresses, it will likely become a focal point in the national debate over gun legislation and the scope of executive power in regulatory affairs.

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