Father of Parkland shooting victim says Biden's new gun proposal brings 'tremendous hope'


“My first reaction is that it’s a great hope,” Fred Guttenberg said, whose daughter Jaime, 14, was killed in this shooting. Guttenberg spoke on MSNBC. “President Biden keeps leading to do something about gun violence.”

The administration’s proposed new rule aims to clarify the definition of being “engaged in the business” of dealing in firearms and thus who is required to be licensed. The rule would also introduce new background checks, and outline what criteria would be required. For example, selling multiple firearms with the same model or mark repeatedly or offering them for sale in their original packaging are all examples of this. According to the rule, if someone has a gun that they no longer use and wants to sell it to family members, they do not need a license. The rule also does not require a license for those who buy and sell “collectible” firearms, relics, or relics of personal firearms.

The clarification comes after an executive order by Biden in March directed Attorney General Merrick Garland to ensure gun sellers “who do not realize they are required to run background checks under existing law, or who are willfully violating existing law,” become compliant with background check requirements.

Biden called on Republican lawmakers in July to “come to the table” on gun reforms after a string of shootings leading up to Independence Day.

“Today, Jill and I grieve for those who have lost their lives and, as our nation celebrates Independence Day, we pray for the day when our communities will be free from gun violence,” Biden wrote in a statement.

The president’s recent proposal also comes in the wake of two prominent acts of gun violence in the last week, one shooting by a racist gunman that killed three in Jacksonville, Fla. and another that left a professor dead on the campus of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. All rights reserved.

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