Garland: DOJ Will Advance Biden’s Gun Control Push

( If he were confirmed as the new attorney general, Merrick Garland said he would “advance” President Joe Biden’s stated policies on gun control.

On Monday, Garland was facing questions from senators in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republican Senator Mike Lee, from Utah, asked him:

“Do you support banning of certain types of firearms?”

Garland’s response:

“Well, as I’m sure you know, the president is a strong supporter of gun control and has been an advocate all his professional life on this question. The role of the Justice Department is to advance the policy program of the administration as long as it is consistent with the law.

“Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”

Biden has long been a public proponent of gun control in America. Just last week, Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, even said it is a “priority” of the Biden administration, saying that Biden is “not afraid of standing up” to organizations such as the National Rifle Association.

At a press briefing last week, Psaki was asked about the administration proposing gun legislation. She responded:

“We haven’t proposed a package at this point, so it’s hard for me to make a prediction about the likelihood of passing. But, I will say that the president is somebody, throughout his career, who has advocated for smart gun, smart gun safety measures. He is not afraid of standing up to the NRA — he has done it multiple times.”

She also said that gun control was “a priority to him on a personal level.” She continued:

“I don’t have a prediction for you, or a preview for you on a timeline of a package, and certainly not what it will look like and how it goes through Congress.”

Biden himself didn’t mince he words when he spoke on the third anniversary of the mass shooting at Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He said:

“This administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call. We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer. Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets.

“We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change. The time to act is now.”

The NRA, in response to Psaki’s direct call out of them, said they would strongly oppose any push from the Biden administration to enact more gun control. In a statement, the NRA said:

“It will be up to these millions of law-abiding gun owners, and millions of NRA members, to make their voices heard in opposition to any infringement upon their constitutional rights.”