By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
U.S. Sen. John Barrasso slammed President Joe Biden’s call for “commonsense” gun reforms on social media Tuesday, calling the Democrat’s ideas an assault on Second Amendment rights.
“I won’t let @JoeBiden threaten the right of people in Wyoming to keep & bear arms,” Barrasso said on his Twitter account early Tuesday afternoon, retweeting an article from political website The Hill about Biden’s reform.
Biden called for Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including a requirement for background checks on all gun sales, a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and the elimination of legal immunity for “gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets.
Biden’s comments came in a statement on Sunday, the three-year anniversary of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, the deadliest in American history.
“The time to act is now,” Biden said.
While Barrasso agreed that the United States must find ways to control violent crime and keep guns out of the hands of criminals, Biden’s attack on the Second Amendment wasn’t the way to do so.
According to The Hill, gun sales have been on the rise across the nation in recent weeks, an increase attributed to concerns that Biden will act on gun control in his early days in office.
Biden regularly spoke on the campaign trail about his passion for gun law reform and regularly said he would implement some type of background check legislation.
The new administration hasn’t appointed a new head to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which is the department that enforces gun laws.