President Biden on Thursday unveiled gun control measures, which an administration official described as an initial set of actions aimed at resolving all forms of gun violence.
The president describes detailed initiatives to be achieved through a mix of executive and legislative action, the official told reporters.
Biden will urge the Ministry of Justice to issue proposed rules to stop the spread of so-called “ghost weapons” within 30 days. Ghost Weapons refers to sets that allow the recipient to assemble the firearm using the included parts. These guns do not have commercial serial numbers and are difficult to track.
The Ministry of Justice is given 60 days to issue a separate rule on the stabilization of braces, which can turn a pistol into a more accurate weapon that fires like a rifle. 60 days will also be provided for the DOJ to develop model “red flag”
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The President will also highlight the steps his administration is taking to invest in civilian intervention and urge the DOJ to issue a report on the trade in firearms.
The administration official said that while Biden will urge Congress to act – including closing loopholes in the background check system – he will not wait.
“Firearms take lives and leave a lasting legacy from trauma in society every single day in this country, even when it’s not on the nightly news,” the White House said in a statement.
The administration official told reporters on Wednesday that Biden is concerned about all forms of gun violence, not only mass shootings, but also domestic violence and forms of violence in the local community that disproportionately affect black and brown communities.
The bite’s actions follow three recent mass shootings, and the administration official suggested there could be further actions in the coming weeks and months.
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Chipman, himself a gun owner, has said he supports rules that save lives but do not take firearms away from law-abiding citizens.
The administration official confirmed Wednesday night that Chipman was elected to enforce gun laws while respecting the rights of other rights.
The 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.