Biden admin. ‘disappointed’ in Supreme Court gun ruling

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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UPDATED 10:45 AM PT – Friday, June 24, 2022

The Biden administration expressed frustration with the Supreme Court’s decision allowing Americans to carry handguns in public.

“We are disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling,” stated Press Secretary Karine Jean Pierre. “The Second Amendment, as you’ve heard the President (Joe Biden) say, is not obsolete and permits common-sense gun regulation.”

In a press briefing Thursday, she said Biden is still calling on individual states to continue enforcing anti-gun policies. She cited New York as an example where a concealed carry law from the year 1911 was upheld by the Department of Justice.

“Am I disappointed…I’ll answer this one question and I was just talking to the governor of New York about this,” stated Biden. “I am disappointed in the Supreme Court gun decision. There is one little bit of solace in the minority making up the majority opinion has laid out that it effects not every state, it effects only 40 states.”

Republicans have said the Biden administration has no respect for the Supreme Court or other US institutions, adding Democrats seek to impose their own agenda by all means necessary.

Their remarks came after the US Senate advanced the bipartisan gun reform bill, clearing the way for its full approval by the end of this week. The Senate voted 65 to 34 on Thursday to break a filibuster on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, despite concerns it may violate the Second Amendment.

“This bipartisan gun safety legislation is progress and will save lives,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). “While it is not everything we want, this legislation is urgently needed.”

The last significant federal gun control legislation was passed in 1994. It banned the manufacture for civilian use of assault rifles and large capacity ammunition clips.

The bill will increase background checks for gun buyers under the age of 21. It also closes legal loopholes in buying firearms and will provide funding for mental health programs and security in schools. The blueprint will also call for funding to incentivize states to implement red flag laws to remove firearms from people considered a threat.

This comes as the Supreme Court ruled to expand gun rights the same day, allowing American’s to carry firearms in public for self defense. However the National Rifle Association,  rejected the deal.

“We will oppose this gun control legislation because it falls short at every level,” the NRA said in a statement. “It does little to truly address violent crime while opening the door to unnecessary burdens on the exercise of Second Amendment freedom by law abiding gun owners.”

Proponents of the bill hope to get it passed before the July recess.

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