Biden to Announce Executive Actions to Combat Gun Violence
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will unveil a series of executive Activities aimed at Treating gun violence Thursday, according to a person familiar with the plans, Providing his first Key Actions on gun control since taking office.What You Want To Know
President Joe Biden will unveil a series of executive actions geared toward addressing gun violence Thursday, per someone comfortable with the strategies
The House passed a background-check bill last month, but further gun control measures face slim prospects within an evenly-divided Senate
Biden is expected to announce tighter regulations requiring buyers of so-called”ghost guns” to undergo background checks. The homemade firearms — often assembled from components and milled with a metal-cutting machine — often lack serial numbers utilized to trace them. It is legal to construct a gun in a home or a workshop and there is no national requirement for a background check.
The president’s aims were previewed by a person familiar with the anticipated actions who wasn’t authorized to publicly talk about them.
Biden is also likely to name his nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a position that advocates say will likely be key to implementing the country’s gun laws and fixing gun violence. The president will probably be connected by Attorney General Merrick Garland in the function.
The ATF has not had a verified permanent director since 2015. It’s currently conducted by Acting Director Regina Lombardo.
Biden has faced increasing pressure to act after a spate of mass shootings across the U.S. in recent weeks, but the White House has repeatedly highlighted that the need for legislative activity on firearms. Even though the House passed a background-check bill last month, gun control steps face slim prospects within an evenly-divided Senate, where Republicans remain near-unified against most suggestions.
Throughout his effort, Biden promised to prioritize new gun control steps as president, such as enacting universal background check laws, banning online sales of guns and the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. But gun-control advocates have said that if they had been heartened by signs in the White House that they took the issue seriously, they’ve been disappointed with the absence of early action.
Biden himself expressed doubt late when asked when he had the political backing to pass new gun control proposals, telling reporters,”I have not completed any counting however.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last month, however, that executive activities on firearms were coming too, calling them”among those levers that we may use” to deal with gun violence.
For many years, federal officials are sounding the alarm about a growing black market for homemade, military-style semi-automatic rifles and handguns. Ghost firearms have increasingly turned into crime scenes and in recent years are turning more and more as national representatives are purchasing guns in undercover operations from gang members and other criminals.
It’s difficult to say exactly how many are moving on the streets, in part because in many cases police departments don’t even contact the national government about the firearms since they can not be traced.
Many states, like California, have enacted laws in recent years to need consecutive numbers be stamped ghost firearms.
The critical component in creating a untraceable gun is known as the lower receiver, a part typically made from metal or polymer. A bare receiver — sometimes known as an”80-percent receiver” — can be lawfully bought online with no serial numbers or other markings on it, no permit required.
A gunman who killed his wife and others from Northern California in 2017 who had been banned from owning firearms built his own to skirt the court order prior to his rampage. In 2019, a teen used a homemade handgun to shoot two classmates and wound three others in a college in suburban Los Angeles.
Strategies for Biden’s announcement Thursday were first reported by Politico.