President Biden was slated to disclose the first attempt to curb gun violence on Thursday by announcing a series of simple moves designed to kickstart improvements to federal gun policy by modifying the definition of firearms. Government and is responding aggressively to urban gun violence.
Biden on Thursday named David Chipman, a former Special Agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, to lead the agency. In recent years, gun violence specialist Chipman has been widely referred to as director of policy at Giffords, a gun control organization founded by former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who suffered an injury in the wake of the gun violence. Attempted assassination in 2011
If confirmed, Chipman will be the agency’s first permanent director in more than six years. Due to the politically fraught nature of guns, only one ATF director has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate over the past 15 years, making the majority of the agency run by the acting chief.
The president is scheduled to formally announce the selection on Thursday when he reveals other steps he has taken through executive actions to tackle gun violence. He will be joined by Attorney General Merrick Garland, whose Justice Department will be tasked with taking the most aggressive steps in gun policy in more than a decade.
The changes include a review of federal policies on ghost guns – a handmade or assembled firearm without a serial number – and the use of stabilized braces in pistols, weapon-changing modifications. As a short-barreled rifle
Advocates of gun control are pushing for the president to classify ghost guns as traditional firearms, a move that requires everyone who buys them to undergo federal background checks. On Thursday, Biden will give the Justice Department 30 days to issue potential changes to federal rules. “To help stop the spread” of weapons, according to the White House.
Due to the nature of the weapon being handcrafted, law enforcement often cannot detect ghost guns because a serial number is not required.
The Department of Justice also has 60 days to issue a proposed rule on fixed braces. Attaching the brace to the handgun makes the firearm more stable and essentially converts to a short-barreled rifle under federal law. The White House noted the gunman alleged in the March supermarket shooting in Boulder, Colorado..
In addition, the Justice Department will be asked to draft a model law to enact “red flag” legislation at the state level. Over the years, lawmakers on both sides have pushed for federal and state legislation to discourage. People who are exposed to psychological anguish or other personal crises from temporary access to firearms if law enforcement or judges decide they are a danger to themselves or others.
To curb homicide in areas across the country, the Biden administration also asked five federal agencies to adapt more than two dozen government programs to help support domestic violence intervention programs across the country. The White House noted that the American President’s Jobs plan offered $ 5 billion over eight years to support state and city violence intervention programs.
The new plan was swiftly backed by the National Gun Control Organization on Wednesday night.
John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, said in a statement the move. “It will begin to address the raging gun violence epidemic throughout the epidemic and begin to fulfill President Biden’s promise to be the strongest gun safety president.” In history. ”He later added that the decision to target ghost guns and “Treat them like the lethal weapon they have will undoubtedly save countless lives – as well as major funding for groups focused on urban gun violence.”
Organizations pushing tougher gun laws and Democratic lawmakers have been pushing for years to get the federal government to reclassify ghost guns and forcing buyers to undergo background checks.
“A ghost gun is a gun, too, and it’s time to close the loophole,” said Democrat Congressman Adriano Espaillat, who has pushed for ghost gun control legislation Wednesday.
At the same time, the club immediately pushed back plans. The organization tweeted on Wednesday night that the action was “extreme” and wrote “the NRA is ready to fight”.
“These actions may call on law-abiding citizens to surrender their lawful property and push states to expand gun seizure orders,” the NRA tweeted.
Increased popularity But hard to keep track of on a large scale, due to lack of serial numbers, ghost guns have been used in a number of shooting-related crimes in recent years.
Biden’s administration was reluctant to discuss gun control publicly amid the focus on the COVID-19 epidemic and the associated economic downturn. During the first official press conference last month, the president signaled he would not be in a hurry to resolve the issue, despite recent mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado, and his administration will still. Maintained his focus on driving the legal response to the outbreak and his multi-trillions of dollars. Infrastructure plan
His decision enabled critics to highlight how Mr Biden came up with a remarkable campaign promise. Biden appeared in Nevada in February 2020.Biden vowed to pass legislation to Congress on his first day of office that would lift liability protections for gun makers and close gaps in the detection system. Federal Gun History Exam
For weeks, an administrative assistant said the plans were still underway – a stance that was unchanged following recent shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Colorado.
Corey Rangel, Nancy Cordes, Kristin Brown and Fin Gomez contributed to this report.