“All those new gun owners, especially ones from traditionally Democratic demographics, how they progress in their gun ownership is going to make a big difference five, 10 years down the line on how not just the Republican Party deals with guns but how the Democratic Party deals with it,” he said. “If they become less willing to vote for politicians who advocate stricter gun laws, you could see the Democratic Party adapt to that new reality and move back towards the center on the issue.”
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Moderate Senators from either side of the aisle kept their cards close to the chest after Wednesday’s heated Judiciary Committee hearing on President Biden’s nominee to head ATF.
President Biden’s effort to install a gun-control activist as the head of the agency that regulates the gun industry began in earnest this week. The controversial pick faces an uncertain future, and it’s not clear he can get the 50 votes needed to be confirmed. But it’s not clear he can’t either.
This week President Biden’s nominee to run the ATF faced his first major test. His hearing was filled with apologies and doubling down. How will moderate Senators react? Permitless carry expanded to its biggest state yet, and momentum for the policy is likely to carry on to more states. Plus, an update on the struggle over the future of the NRA.
“I think it was the best route to help resolve things and fix them,” Phillip Journey said. “I just can’t pay the freight. That’s really it.”
Chipman stood by his call to ban popular rifles including the AR-15, which he described as “particularly lethal,” during his testimony. He said he not only supports a ban on the sale of guns but also a requirement to register currently-owned ones with the ATF. He said AR-15s and other guns should be regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA) which would subject them to a $200 tax stamp and put the same restriction on them as those currently applied to machineguns.
“I think that this just continues the momentum for permitless carry across the country,” Gutowski said. “It’s the most popular gun policy over the last decade here in America. More popular than even ‘red flag’ laws which have popped up in quite a few states. So, I think with Texas adopting it, if they don’t see any negative repercussions for that, you’ll probably see another of other states adopt this as well.”
Permitless gun carry continued its sweep across the nation on Monday as the Texas legislature adopted the policy on Monday.
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