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Biden considering executive action on guns, White House says

President Joe Biden on the phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, April 13, 2022, in the Oval Office. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)
May 31, 2022

The White House confirmed on Tuesday that President Joe Biden is considering executive orders on gun control.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden has been “calling for action for some time” and is now “looking at other executive actions that we can possibly do.”

Jean-Pierre touted Biden’s use of executive orders on ghost guns and gun traffickers, adding that Biden “has done more executive actions at this point than any other president.”

She also said Biden is in constant contact with members of Congress and is urging them to take a vote on gun control measures. “The president has done everything that he can from the federal government,” she said.

The comments come a day after Biden suggested to reporters that 9mm handgun ammunition should be banned.

Biden told reporters that he learned from a trauma doctor that, “A .22-caliber bullet will lodge in the lung, and we can probably get it out, may be able to get it, and save the life.  A 9mm bullet blows the lung out of the body.”

“So the idea of these high-caliber weapons is of — there’s simply no rational basis for it in terms of thinking about self-protection, hunting,” Biden said. “And remember, the Constitution, the Second Amendment was never absolute.”

Jean-Pierre told reporters on Tuesday that Biden “does not support a ban on the sale of all handguns,” but didn’t specify if he supported a ban on some handguns.

On Monday, Biden also took aim at guns capable of using “high-capacity” magazines, implying that the guns’ only purpose is mass murder.

“I know that it makes no sense to be able to purchase something that can fire up to 300 rounds,” Biden said. “There’s only one reason for something that can fire, you know, 100 shots.”

Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday that Biden “supports a ban on [the] sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and expanded background checks to keep guns out of the dangerous hands.”