Biden announced a series of measures his administration has taken to tackle gun violence.
Actions include the drafting of model “red flag” laws and the fight against “ghost weapons”.
The announcement follows recent mass shootings and spikes in homicides in American cities.
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President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced a series of measures taken by his administration to tackle gun violence in the United States.
“The president is committed to taking action to reduce all forms of gun violence – community violence, mass shootings, domestic violence and gun suicide,” the White House said in a statement.
These actions follow an increase in gun violence in many U.S. cities and an upsurge in mass shootings, including at a Colorado grocery store where 10 people were killed and in Atlanta-area spas where eight people were killed. were killed.
“President Biden reiterates his call on Congress to pass legislation to reduce gun violence,” the statement said. “But this administration will not wait for Congress to act to take its own steps – entirely under the authority of the administration and the Second Amendment – to save lives.”
Actions, which don’t have to go through Congress, include tackling “ghost guns”, drafting “red flag” model laws and a report on gun trafficking.
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“Ghost guns” are guns that are made at home by purchasing individual parts or kits containing the parts. They are fully functional firearms that do not have a serial number or other identifying information, making them difficult to trace once recovered after a crime.
Biden is giving the Justice Department 30 days to draft a proposed rule that “would help stop the proliferation of these guns.”
The Department of Justice also has 60 days to draft model “red flag” legislation for states. Red flag laws allow family members or friends to alert authorities and seek a court order against someone obtaining a gun if they believe it is a danger to themselves or for others. Biden urges Congress to pass a federal red flag law, but wants model legislation for states struggling to pass their own laws.
Another move is to order the Justice Department to release a “comprehensive new gun trafficking report and annual updates” that lawmakers can use to tackle gun trafficking. According to the statement, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms released a report in 2000 on gun trafficking that lawmakers still use to draft policy today.
The announcement also described multiple ways the administration plans to invest in “evidence-based community violence interventions,” including a $ 5 billion investment in the US plan to employ Biden.
“Community violence interventions are proven strategies for reducing gun violence in urban communities through tools other than incarceration,” the statement said.
The Justice Department will also develop a 60-day rule that will determine when a pistol equipped with a stabilizer splint looks more like a rifle and therefore falls under the national gun law. The statement said the alleged Colorado grocery store shooter last month “appears to have used a pistol with an arm splint, which can make a firearm more stable and accurate while still being concealable.”
The White House also named David Chipman as Biden’s appointment as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Chipman has worked in the office for decades and currently works as an advisor to a gun control advocacy group.
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