September 17, 2021

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Holds Gun Giveaway ‘Before Joe Biden Tries to Ban It’ – Newsweek

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has responded to President Joe Biden‘s push for stricter firearms controls by promoting her latest gun giveaway.

After a spate of deadly shootings in recent weeks, Biden unveiled three executive orders on Thursday that aim to tackle the “epidemic” of gun violence.

The orders include more stringent regulations on “ghost guns” and pistol-stabilizing braces, as well as so-called red flag laws to prevent people in crisis from obtaining weapons.

The president also nominated David Chipman, who has previously advocated for tighter gun controls, to serve as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Greene, along with many gun-toting GOP colleagues, was fiercely critical of Biden’s announcement. She also saw an opportunity to direct supporters to her latest firearm raffle.

“My gun giveaway ends soon!” she said. “Be sure to enter to win it … before Joe Biden tries to ban it!”

The raffle, first announced last month, offers the prize of a Q honey badger pistol, which is described as having a retail value of $2,860.

“This is the same type of gun that TRIGGERS the Fake News Media and Democrats all across the country,” reads the giveaway web page, which includes a photo of the congresswoman smiling with the pistol in hand.

“And it’s the same type of gun the hate-America gun-grabbers in DC would love to BAN if they ever get the votes.”

The giveaway’s rules state that the winner must pass a background check conducted by an “accredited gun dealer” or risk being replaced by an eligible participant.

Greene held two other firearm raffles last year, in the months running up to her taking her seat in the House of Representatives.

The honey badger pistol has previously been targeted for tightened regulation by the ATF, provoking the ire of gun advocates. In August last year, the ATF sent a cease and desist letter to Q, the company that manufactures the firearm.

The letter said the pistol was a “short-barreled rifle” subject to regulations under the National Firearms Act. Q later ceased production of the weapon.

Biden’s executive orders also elicited criticism from Greene’s colleague Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, who tweeted: “The Second Amendment is absolute. Anyone who says otherwise is a tyrant.”

Boebert is known for kicking off her term by announcing that she would carry a handgun in Congress. Prior to her election, she gained notoriety for her Colorado restaurant Shooters Grill, which allows staff to carry weapons.

More than 100 mass shootings have taken place in the United States so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. On Thursday, a gunman killed one person and injured several more at a business in Bryan, Texas.

Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks on Capitol Hill
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia speaks at a press conference on Capitol Hill on February 5. A staunch gun advocate, Greene promoted a firearms giveaway as President Joe Biden pushed for stricter gun controls.
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