In an interview this week with Breitbart News, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) cautioned about the push in Congress for expanded federal gun control legislation and said Americans should be prepared for the next effort, where the federal government will “go after ammunition and ammunition manufacturers.”
He said that even as the Senate is negotiating a bipartisan compromise bill that will have significant negative impacts on Americans’ Second Amendment rights, the House is not yet done with introducing new legislation.
Biggs said he expects to see an attempt at a so-called “assault weapons” ban, ending liability protections for firearms manufacturers, and going after ammunition producers.
Biggs was speaking in advance of the Senate’s consideration of bipartisan legislation on Tuesday evening. He pointed out that Americans are not pleased with Republicans like Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) “undermining the Second Amendment.” Cornyn was heartily booed by attendees at the Texas GOP Convention last week because of his complicity in negotiating away gun rights.
The Senate voted 64-34 to advance the compromise bill past the filibuster rule that requires at least 60 senators to agree. All Democrats voted yes, joined by 14 Republicans. If the bill is passed in the Senate, it will go back to the House for a vote there, where it is expected to pass along party lines. The measure would then go to Joe Biden, who almost certainly will immediately approve it.
The 80-page Senate bill was released only shortly before it was voted on Tuesday. It calls for expanded background checks and incentivizes states to enact broad “red flag” laws that could allow for law enforcement to seize legally owned firearms.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on Tuesday from the Senate floor that he expects to have the bill passed by the end of this week.
In his interview with Breitbart, Biggs touted the new watchdog group he has organized, the Arizona Second Amendment Coalition. His group includes elected officials, firearms industry representatives, pro-Second Amendment rights groups, and student activists.
Biggs said that he wanted to stress that Second Amendment rights are self-defense rights, and “the first liberty is the right to life.” He noted that when Americans cannot defend themselves “against the bad guys you start looking like the 12 cities in America that have the highest homicide rate in their history.”
He said he does not want America to end up looking like Venezuela but wants a free country with reduced crime by allowing people to carry firearms.