BELLEVUE, WA – The Biden administration’s new rule to expand background check requirements for private gun sales amounts to another attack on America’s gun owners, the Second Amendment Foundation said in response.

“This is a continuation of the Biden war on guns,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “It is another attempt to get around Congress to make new laws without congressional approval.”

The White House contends this rule is intended to close the so-called “gun show loophole” and the related “online sale loophole.”

“The president is claiming this will keep guns out of the hands of felons, and he knows better,” Gottlieb said. “If history has taught us anything, it would be that criminals do not obtain the guns they use through legitimate channels, and that gun control laws have never prevented criminals from obtaining a firearm. All this rule will accomplish is to place yet another burden on honest citizens wanting to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

“Even more troublesome,” added SAF Executive Director Adam Kraut, “is the potential for abuse by Biden’s weaponized ATF against private citizens legally selling their personal firearms collections or family heirlooms.”

Research done by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics has repeatedly found that gun shows are responsible for less than one percent (0.8%) of guns used by criminals convicted of crimes involving firearms.

The rule takes effect in 30 days. It is almost certain to be challenged in federal court.

About the Second Amendment Foundation:

The Second Amendment Foundation ( is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 720,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.