President Joe Biden will sign executive orders on gun control in the near future, confirmed White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday.
When asked about the prospect of taking executive action, Psaki responded with, "Yes."
“I can’t give you an exact time frame, in part, because they have to go through a review process, which is something that we do from here," Psaki told reporters at the White House.
“I will note that when we, when the president was the vice president in the Obama-Biden administration, he helped put in place 23 executive actions to combat gun violence,” she added. “It’s one of the levers that we can use that any federal government, any president, can use to help address the prevalence of gun violence and address community safety around the country.”
On Thursday, during the president's first news conference, he hinted at taking action but pivoted to his infrastructure agenda items.
Earlier this week, Vice President Kamala Harris indicated that Congress should pass gun control legislation but stopped short of saying Biden would issue an executive order.
“It is time for Congress to act,” the vice president said in an interview with CBS News on Wednesday. “It’s simply about saying we need reasonable gun safety laws. There is no reason why we have assault weapons on the streets of a civil society. They are weapons of war. They are designed to kill a lot of people quickly," she added.
But gun rights organizations such as the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners for America have raised red flags about Biden's proposals, arguing they would violate the Constitution's Second Amendment.