The Justice Department has announced its new Federal Gun Control rule that is aimed at ensuring gun owners have secure storage devices. The new rule will require that all federally approved arms dealers will be required to have firearm storage and safety devices available to consumers onsite for potential buyers as required by the Gun Control Act.
The Justice Department has defined gun storage devices as any sort of lock box, safe, or storage device that can only be unlocked by means of a key, combination or similar means.
This rule change was submitted to the Federal Register and if approved, would go into effect in early February.
As reported by the Washington Times:
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said the change is meant “to reduce the risk of firearms falling into the wrong hands.”
“Gun safety is a Department of Justice priority, and we will continue to take all appropriate steps to help reduce the number of people killed and injured by the misuse of firearms,” Mr. Garland said in a statement.
Lars Dalseide, spokesman for the National Rifle Association, told The Washington Times in an email that the gun-rights group “has always supported the safe storage of firearms.”
The rule comes one month after the parents of (Name of Alleged Shooter), the 15-year-old accused of fatally shooting four students at Oxford High School in Michigan, were arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter because, authorities say, they failed to secure the gun he used in the killings.
This is nothing new from the Biden Administration. This administration has had a hard time working with Congress passing anything meaningful in regards to gun control legislation and so they have moved on to making changes via the bureaucracy. The bureaucracy, that mythical 4th branch of government that gets to make as many pseudo laws as they please all without the input of the Americans these rules affect.
This legislation is going to mostly affect gun stores, as these stores are going to have to immediately scramble to buy new safes and storage devices for those guns already in their inventory. Supply chain issues and inflation are going to make this very difficult, this goes without mentioning that this rule change could be coming with only a month’s notice.
Gun control has proved unpopular and many of its loudest supporters have become quite ahead of the midterms, unfortunately the Biden administration will retain control of this back door solution for at least another 2 years.