Washington – President Biden unveiled the first attempt to curb gun violence Thursday by announcing a series of simple moves designed to kickstart improvements to federal gun policy by modifying the definition of firearms. Government and response to increased urban gun violence
“Gun violence in this country is an epidemic and an international shame,” Biden said in a speech announcing the action. He called the high rate of gun violence a
He pushed back the argument that these executives’ actions would violate the right to bear arms. The changes include a review of federal policies on ghost guns ̵1; 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
“Nothing I would suggest in any way interferes with the Second Amendment,” the president said. Biden said he wanted a ghost gun suit. It is “considered a firearm” and has key parts labeled with a serial number. He also said he wanted more dangerous modified handguns to be subject to the National Firearms Act, meaning owners would have to register and pay a fee for modifications.
The President urged the Senate to pass.He also called on Congress to re-approve the Violence Against Women Act, which would close so-called loopholes. “Boyfriend loopholes” to prevent dating partners and stalkers from being convicted of domestic violence or abuse by purchasing and owning a firearm.
“Whether Congress acts or not, I will use all the resources available as the President of the United States to protect Americans from gun violence,” Biden said.
The president also called on Congress to pass a ban on the use of assault weapons. He helped the ban pass Congress as a senator in 1994 but expired in 2004.However, the measures the president mentioned were largely opposed by Republicans, meaning they were unlikely to pass in the Senate. Most legislation requires 60 votes to enter the Senate and Democrats have a majority of 50.
But Biden insisted there was “basic” between Republicans and Democrats, and noted that firearms control was overwhelmingly popular with Americans.
“I know it is painful and frustrating that we haven’t made the progress we had hoped for,” Biden said. “No matter how long it takes, we will pass, we will not give up.”
Biden on Thursday nominated David Chipman, a former Special Agent at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), to lead the Chipman Agency, a widely cited gun violence specialist during the range. A few years ago he served as policy director at Giffords, a gun control organization founded by former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was injured in a 2011 assassination attempt.
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 formally announced his selection on Thursday as he disclosed other steps he has taken through executive actions to tackle gun violence. He was joined by Attorney General Merrick Garland, whose Justice Department will be tasked with taking some of the most aggressive steps regarding gun policy in more than a decade.
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. Biden on Thursday gave 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..
The Justice Department has also been asked to draft a model law to enact “red flags” legislation at the state level. Over the years, lawmakers on both sides have pushed for federal and state legislation to discourage. People who experience 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
“I have no illusions about the difficulties of solving gun violence, and I know the Department of Justice alone cannot solve the problem,” Garland said in short words. I intend to do it “
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 President’s American Jobs Plan proposed $ 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.”
Kris Brown, president of the Brady Gun Control Advocacy Organization, said in a statement that Mr Biden’s action “will have immediate effect.”
“President Biden’s actions are historic and will have immediate impact. These policies are concrete and powerful to save lives,” Brown said.
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.
Meanwhile, Republican Senator Pat Toomey, who co-sponsored a 2013 parliamentary background check law, said in a statement that he and officials were “reviewing” Biden’s actions.
“I would like to thank President Biden for showing his willingness to work with both Republicans and Democrats to achieve this goal if done in a manner that respects the rights of law-abiding citizens. To strengthen our background check system so that we are It’s better to protect guns from people who don’t have legal rights, ”said Toomey.
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.