Biden Made More False Comments About Guns, Jen Psaki Tap Dances Trying to Clean Them Up

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Joe Biden earlier today announced a variety of gun control executive orders as well as the person he was picking to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, David Chipman.

As we reported, there are a lot of questions about Chipman, not the least of which was a nutty claim he made about the Branch Davidians in Waco shooting down two law enforcement helicopters, an event that never happened.

In addition to naming a questionable pick for the ATF and tripping all over his words, Biden also had said a lot of things that were just flat-out wrong or misleading. It’s clear he has no idea what the laws are when it comes to guns.

One of the things he claimed was that there were no background checks at gun shows, a very common and often repeated false talking point from Democrats.

Notice the people clapping who also have no idea that what he’s saying is completely false.

This is false. There isn’t any “gun show” loophole. What is true is if the gun seller is a licensed dealer there has to be a background check. If there’s a sale between private sellers there doesn’t have to be. Many of the sales at gun shows are from licensed dealers and they have to have background checks. Some are from private sellers. So what Biden says is just deceptive, suggesting that there’s some exception based on the nature of being at a gun show.

Stephen Gutowski of the Free Beacon also pointed out some other false statements by Biden.

“People don’t realize the only industry in America, a billion-dollar industry, that can’t be sued, that are exempt from being sued, are gun manufacturers,” Biden said. “This is the only outfit that is exempt from being sued.”

That claim is also false. Gun manufacturers can be sued and sometimes are sued over claims of negligence. Remington settled a lawsuit over an alleged design flaw with the trigger on its popular Model 700 rifle, and Sig Sauer has been sued multiple times over an alleged safety defect with its P320 handgun. The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which Biden hopes to repeal, provides immunity to the industry over lawsuits stemming from the criminal misuse of guns by third parties.

Biden also claimed that the Charleston church shooter was able to get his gun because there was only a three day waiting period. “If the FBI didn’t complete the background check within three days. There was a process. If it wasn’t done in three days, according to the Charleston loophole, you get to buy the gun.” This was wrong too, the reason that the shooter got the gun was because the FBI screwed up the check and that he should have been flagged.

A reporter asked Jen Psaki at the briefing if she could explain Biden’s remarks about gun shows. It was clear the reporter knew that was false. Listen to her tap dance, trying not to admit that he’s just wrong. “Is it the president’s belief that you do not have to undergo a background check when you are at a gun show?” “No it’s not his belief,” she claims. “He believes that background checks should be universal.”

It’s not his belief. It’s what he just said. But it’s not his belief. Can we say clown show?