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Abbott goes against latest Biden gun control policy with push for Second Amendment 'Sanctuary State' bill

(Laura Figi/Austonia)

President Joe Biden is cracking down on gun control laws and as expected, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is unhappy about it.

On Thursday, the president publicly addressed his plans to cease gun violence at the national level, including enforcing tighter restrictions on "ghost guns," or self-assembled firearms that are put together without a serial number or background check. "Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it's an international embarrassment," Biden said during remarks at the White House.

Following through with Biden's election campaign promise to tackle gun control, the Justice Department is also publishing "red flag" legislation that will allow for people to petition a court to temporarily remove guns from people who may be a danger and dedicating $1 billion in funding to community intervention and prevention from gun violence.

Shortly after the president spoke, the Texas governor tweeted that "Biden is threatening our 2nd Amendment rights." Abbott is pushing for legislation that would make the state a "Second Amendment sanctuary state," in which Texas would not enforce federal gun laws that undermine state laws.

The bill was filed by Texas House Rep. Justin Holland last month. It would restrict federal laws from infringing on gun rights in Texas.

While gun control has been an issue Biden has pledged to address, especially after the latest Colorado shooting, Abbott has vowed to uphold the Second Amendment even after close to home shootings like in El Paso where 23 were killed.

With a Democratic president and a Republican governor, the two have an ongoing chess match where they are disagreeing on most policy from issues on the border to COVID-19 precautions.


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