President Biden will announce gun control measures on Thursday that an administration official described as a first round of actions to address all forms of gun violence.
The president will detail several initiatives to be achieved through a mix of executive and legislative actions, the official told reporters.
Biden will ask the Justice Department to release proposed rules to stop the proliferation of so-called “ghost weapons” within 30 days. Ghost pistols refer to kits that allow the recipient to assemble the firearm using the parts provided. These guns do not have commercial serial numbers and are difficult to track.
The Justice Department will have 60 days to issue a separate rule on stabilization devices, which can turn a pistol into a more precise weapon that shoots like a rifle. Sixty days will also be given to the DOJ to develop a model “red flag” law that would allow friends and family members to identify a person as a potential danger, thus temporarily preventing the person from accessing a firearm. .
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The president will also outline the steps his administration has taken to invest in interventions against community violence and ask the DOJ to issue a report on gun trafficking.
The administration official said that if Biden calls on Congress to take action – including to close loopholes in the background check system – he won’t wait.
“Gun violence takes lives and leaves a lasting legacy of trauma in communities every day in this country, even if it doesn’t make the evening news,” the White House said in a statement.
The administration official told reporters on Wednesday that Biden was concerned about all forms of gun violence, not only mass shootings, but also domestic violence and forms of community violence that disproportionately affect black communities and brunettes.
Biden’s actions follow three recent mass shootings, and the administration official has suggested there may be additional actions in the weeks and months to come.
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Chipman, who is a gun owner himself, said he supports regulations that save lives but do not take guns away from law-abiding citizens.
The administration official confirmed Wednesday evening that Chipman had been chosen to enforce gun laws while respecting Second Amendment rights.
ATF is a law enforcement agency within the Department of Justice that strives to protect the public from criminal organizations and activities, including the illegal use and trafficking of firearms.
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