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5 governors say they’ll fight or block Biden’s anti-gun executive actions

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the Colorado shooting, March 23, 2021. (White House/Released)
April 13, 2021

Over the past week, several Republican governors have suggested they will push back against President Joe Biden’s actions limiting Americans’ Second Amendment rights, including his plans to regulate pistol braces and home-made “ghost guns.”

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott vowed to turn his southern state into a Second Amendment sanctuary through legislation.

“Biden is threatening our 2nd Amendment rights. He just announced a new liberal power grab to take away our guns,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) wrote on Twitter. “We will NOT allow this in TX. It’s time to get legislation making TX a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary State passed and to my desk for signing.”

Gov. Mike Dunleavy of Alaska said Biden’s attacks on the Second Amendment “won’t save lives or stop criminals,” but instead would “disarm law abiding citizens.”

“Alaska is a Second Amendment sanctuary state, and we will be evaluating our options,” the governor said.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds took her condemnation of Biden’s anti-gun measures a step further, criticizing the president’s apparent disregard for the Legislative Branch.

“I think it’s out of control and it’s obvious that they can’t get it through Congress and so he’s acting on his own,” Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R) said. “He’s doing it at a rapid speed. There has not been another president, I don’t think, in history that has implemented the number of Executive Orders that this president has implemented. And the hypocrisy of running as a uniter and a president that was going to bring both parties together and heal this country, he has done anything but that. He is continuing to divide the country and he’s doing it through these outlandish Executive Orders.”

Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota said Biden’s assertions that his orders won’t infringe on the Second Amendment are false, noting language in the amendment that specifically states, “shall not be infringed.”

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

Idaho will also take a stand for its residents’ Second Amendment rights, according to Gov. Brad Little.

“Idaho will not stand for President Biden’s unilateral actions to erode your Second Amendment rights,” Little said. “Idaho’s Congressional delegation and I are in lockstep in our opposition to the President’s actions and his direction to Congress to strip law-abiding Americans of their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”

Following Biden’s announcement detailing his anti-Second Amendment actions, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the moves were just a start and that there “will be more” steps taken by Biden using “the power of his presidency.”