Republicans criticize Biden’s gun safety executive actions as an ‘infringement’ of Second Amendment rights

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Several high-profile Republicans on Thursday swiftly criticized President Joe Biden’s newly announced executive measures aimed at tackling gun violence as unconstitutional. 

Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas described Biden’s actions unveiled Thursday as a “liberal power grab” that threatens the right to keep and bear firearms under the Second Amendment — an oft-used GOP argument to reject gun safety reform.

“We will NOT allow this in TX,” Abbott tweeted Thursday, adding that he plans to enact legislation that would prevent the state from enforcing any gun measures imposed by the federal government. 

Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota, a Republican, echoed the stance in a tweet on Thursday and blasted Biden’s actions as an “infringement” of the Second Amendment. 

“Taking away guns with Red Flag laws is an infringement,” Noem wrote. “Placing new limits on firearms sales is an infringement.”

Biden on Thursday announced six executive actions to address the “epidemic” of gun violence in the United States, which came in the aftermath of two mass shootings in March in Colorado and Georgia killed 18 people and renewed pressure for gun safety reform. The measures include upcoming rules from the Justice Department that will help stop the proliferation of “ghost guns” — firearms that can be self-assembled at home without a serial number — and establish tighter restrictions on pistols that resemble rifles.  

Biden also called on the Justice Department to draft model legislation that states can use to implement “red flag” laws, which allow family members and friends to petition a court and bar someone from accessing a gun should they be considered a danger to themselves or others.

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Biden called rising gun deaths in the nation an “international embarrassment” that requires comprehensive action at both the federal and state levels.

Donald Trump Jr., former President Donald Trump’s son, framed Thursday’s announcement as Biden wanting to “disarm law-abiding American citizens with unconstitutional gun control measures,” he wrote in a tweet.

Biden forcefully rejected the claims in his speech on Thursday.

“They’re phony arguments, suggesting that these are Second Amendment rights at stake,” Biden said of his executive measures. “Everything that’s being proposed today is totally consistent with the Second Amendment.”

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