Republican Study Committee: ‘The Right to Make Weapons Is the Right to Be Free’

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The Republican Study Committee (RSC) responded to President Joe Biden’s executive actions against “ghost guns” by contending that “the right to make weapons is the right to be free.”

On April 8, 2021, Breitbart News reported that Biden issued executive actions to fight what he called “an epidemic” of gun crime across the country. Those actions centered on gun controls for firearms which the Democrats call “ghost guns,” AR-pistols with stabilizer braces, and red flag laws, among other things.

Biden also used the press conference to nominate Gabby Giffords’ gun control affiliate David Chipman to head the ATF.

In an email received by Breitbart News, RSC Chairman Jim Banks countered Biden’s calls for new regulations on guns made from kits by saying, “Homemade firearms, or ‘ghost guns,’ are a long-standing tradition in America. Our country was founded by free men with handcrafted firearms. The right to make weapons is the right to be free.”

Banks also addressed Biden’s call for action against AR-pistols with stabilizing braces, saying, “Biden’s actions on pistol braces would take millions of the most popular firearms accessories on the market and make them illegal and their owners’ felons by executive fiat.”

He noted:

  • The ATF repeatedly told sport shooters and collectors everywhere these pistol braces were legal. The federal government must stop playing games with the Second Amendment rights of Americans, including the pro-gun community. Biden has a history of infringement going back to his days in the Senate.
  • This betrayal of the American people could force them to either spend $200 and place their gun on a registry, or risk becoming a felon and lose everything.
  • Stripping Americans’ freedom to customize their firearms won’t affect how criminals use firearms in crimes.

Banks also explained the dangers of Biden’s push for red flag laws: “Democrats’ Red Flag Law proposals are an affront to the 1st, 2nd, and 4th amendments. No right should ever be stripped from free and law-abiding Americans by an anonymous report with a low standard of evidence and no penalty for false reporting.”

He added, “It is disturbing that the Biden administration would nominate David Chipman to lead the ATF who not only made a career of advocating for the restriction of Americans’ liberties, but also was present and took part in the ATF’s failed operation at  Waco in 1993.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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