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Biden admin won’t rule out gun confiscation; calls Americans owning AR-15s ‘unacceptable’

President Joe Biden speaks in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8, 2022. (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)
March 31, 2023

President Joe Biden’s administration refused to rule out gun confiscation this week after a transgender shooter attacked a Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee, leaving three children and three adults dead.

During a White House press briefing, a reporter asked press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre if Biden supports “not just banning the sale and manufacturing of semiautomatic weapons, but further than that, confiscation.”

“Let me just be very clear: what we’re talking about, AR-15s, these assault weapons ban, they are weapons of war and they should not be on the streets across the country in our communities, they should not be in schools, they should not be in grocery stores, they should not be in churches,” Jean-Pierre said. “That’s what the president believes.”

The reporter pressed Jean-Pierre, adding that there are “25 million [AR-15s] out there in circulation in the homes of millions of Americans, and therefore you can’t ban them.”

“What’s the president’s response to that?” he asked.

Jean-Pierre declared, “That’s unacceptable. That’s our response.”

Since taking office, President Biden has repeatedly called for a ban on “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines.

Last year, Biden also called on Congress to pass “safe storage” gun laws.

“We should have safe storage laws requiring personal liability for not locking up your gun,” Biden said at the time. “If you own a weapon, you have the responsibility to secure it and keep it under lock and key. Responsible gun owners agree: No one else should have access to it, so lock it up.”

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“Assault weapons need to be banned. They were banned. … I’m determined to ban these weapons again, and high-capacity magazines,” he later added.

Despite the Biden administration’s determination to restrict American’s Second Amendment rights, 25 states now allow Americans to concealed carry firearms without a license.

“Unlike states who are doing everything in their power to make it harder for law abiding citizens, Alabama is reaffirming our commitment to defending our Second Amendment rights,” Gov. Key Ivey said after signing Alabama’s constitutional carry bill. “I have always stood up for the rights of law abiding gunowners, and I am proud to do that again today.”