Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) said during a Second Amendment Caucus press conference on Wednesday that Joe Biden’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) has been revoking and denying federal firearms licenses at staggeringly increased rates.
Clyde pointed out that the rate of federal firearms license revocations or renewal denials has gone up around 500% since Biden assumed office. He added that it is “definitely obvious” that the Biden ATF is targeting licensees “because they are the link between manufacturers and people being able to access their Second Amendment rights.”
Clyde is himself a federal firearms license holder and operates Clyde Armory in his Athens home district. He said that his business operates on the motto of “enabling individual participation in the preservation of liberty.”
He added that federal license holders protect American liberty as the only way citizens can obtain firearms legally other than “making one themselves.”
Biden has declared war on what he calls “rogue gun dealers.” It appears that he is directing the ATF to focus not on “rogues,” however. Insead, the ATF has begun revoking licenses for even minor paperwork errors. Until the beginning of the Biden administration, the ATF was more interested in ensuring compliance than in obtaining revocations.
Firearms industry expert John Clark of FFL Consultants said that the increasingly aggressive enforcement “has nothing to do with the ATF and everything to do with the DOJ.” He added that the problem lies with Biden and said the “vast majority of the ATF doesn’t like this any more than the industry does.”
Meanwhile, the House voted this week along party lines to raise the minimum age to buy semi automatic rifles from 18 to 21. The vote came after a day of testimony presented from survivors of mass shootings.
The House vote is part of a gun control package being pushed by Democrats titled the Protecting Our Kids Act. The bill is expected to fail in the Senate, where it would need at least ten Republican votes to advance past the legislative filibuster.
Democrats are pressing to advance measures that would severely restrict the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. They seek to outright ban so-called “assault weapons” and pass “red flag” laws, which would allow for the administrative seizure of firearms without due process of law.