President Joe Biden introduced a set of govt actions Thursday to curb gun violence, urging Congress to undertake stricter legal guidelines and rebutting arguments that his new measures impinge on Americans’ second modification rights.
“Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it’s an international embarrassment,” Biden mentioned within the Rose Garden of the White House.
Recent shootings that left 18 lifeless in Colorado and Georgia have thrust gun violence again into the highlight, with gun-control advocates calling on the president to make the difficulty a prime legislative precedence. The actions unveiled Thursday replicate the limited energy the president has to manage weapons with out motion on Capitol Hill.
Biden has referred to as on Congress to go gun control laws, however he has additionally acknowledged that Republican opposition makes progress unlikely. He mentioned he first desires to deal with beating the coronavirus pandemic and boosting an financial recovery.
In addition to the orders, Biden introduced his plan to appoint David Chipman to steer the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF — an company that has been with out a everlasting director since 2015.
One of the chief actions would take steps to cease the proliferation of so-called ghost weapons, which are available kits and might be assembled in as little as half-hour. The weapons can’t be traced by regulation enforcement as a result of they lack serial numbers. Two high-profile shootings in California have been carried out utilizing ghost weapons however they’ve in any other case not been generally utilized in mass shootings.
“Anyone from a criminal to a terrorist can buy this kit,” Biden mentioned.
The ATF mentioned in a December 2020 search warrant application that about 10,000 ghost weapons have been recovered by regulation enforcement in 2019.
The White House additionally mentioned Thursday that the Justice Department will situation a brand new rule clarifying that when a shoulder brace is used to successfully flip a pistol right into a short-barreled rifle, the gun is topic to the necessities of the National Firearms Act. Authorities say the suspect within the Boulder, Colorado, shootings — by which 10 individuals have been killed — used a pistol with an arm brace that made the weapon extra secure and correct.
In addition, the Justice Department will publish mannequin “red flag” laws for states, which might enable petitions to courts to remove firearms from individuals who current a hazard to themselves and others. Such measures can’t be enacted on the federal stage with out Congress, however administration officers have mentioned they hope their transfer encourages states to go new legal guidelines straight away.
A gunman final month killed eight individuals, together with six Asian ladies, at spas throughout a string of shootings within the Atlanta space.
The president additionally mentioned he’s allocating federal funds for group violence intervention and prevention packages geared toward heading off conflicts that may result in violence in city communities. Biden’s proposed American Jobs Plan consists of $5 billion over eight years for group intervention packages.