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House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on President Biden’s recently announced executive actions that will infringe on Americans’ Second Amendment rights:

“Today, President Biden announced his attempts to trample over our constitutional Second Amendment rights by executive fiat.

“It is easy to see why the Biden Administration refused to release specifics about these actions until the last minute. We have a border crisis in part because this Administration decided to reverse border policies that worked, and rather than focusing on its constitutional responsibility to protect our borders, the Administration has chosen to look at ways to infringe on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.

“In doing so, it comes at a time where, according to reports, murder rates in major American cities rose 33 percent last year. The Administration finally concedes that ‘cities across the country are in the midst of a historic spike in homicides.’ Yet, their natural reaction to this grim reality remains not to help enforce law and order, but to task the Department of Justice with weakening the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. As violent crimes rise to levels not seen since the 1990s, this is exactly the wrong approach for making our communities safer.

“House Democrats have also taken the wrong approach in recent weeks. Instead of targeting criminals, they passed legislation that adds more hurdles for Americans to keep themselves and their families safe: penalizing common private transfers, creating a de facto national gun registry, and ending the three-day-process-to-sale. These actions, like Biden’s executive orders, are not in response to the facts. Instead, they are obvious attempts to cater to gun control activists at the expense of rights of law-abiding citizens.

“President Biden has ordered the Department of Justice to issue new rules in the next few months that will surely result in unconstitutional overreach. House Republicans will strongly oppose and pursue every option — be it legislative or judicial — to protect the right to keep and bear arms from infringement by this Administration.”