Friday, 16 April, 2021

Biden Set to Announce Six Executive Actions on Guns Tomorrow

US President Joe Biden Report: Biden Is Planning a Big Announcement on Guns
Cary Erickson | 08 April, 2021, 13:35

The executive order will include measures on the use of stabilising braces and community violence prevention.

The administration's moves, which Biden plans to announce at an event with Atty.

David Chipman, President Joe Biden's planned nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, has a long history at the agency and sports credentials in gun control advocacy sure to excite firearm safety groups.

The administration official confirmed on Wednesday night that Chipman was selected to enforce gun laws while also respecting Second Amendment rights. Ghost guns have increasingly turned up at crime scenes and in recent years have been turning up more and more when federal agents are purchasing guns in undercover operations from gang members and other criminals.

Some states, like California, have enacted laws in recent years to require serial numbers be stamped on ghost guns. These laws authorise the courts and law enforcement to remove guns from people thought to be a risk to the community.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has said more than 30% of the illegal weapons it has confiscated in some areas of California are "ghost guns" but they are not now regulated as firearms that require background checks.

Biden has proposed $5 billion over the next eight years for "community violence interventions", a term that covers a range of programs created to deter violence using tools other than putting people in prison.

The ATF is now run by Acting Director Regina Lombardo.

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Such programs have had a significant impact in reducing homicides where they've been tried, White House officials said.

Mr Biden's proposed measures have been praised by gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety. Chipman, who spent some two decades as an ATF agent, is now a senior policy advisor to Giffords, the advocacy group set up by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona after she was shot and severely wounded at a campaign event.

The first steps of the Biden administration to address gun violence have prompted criticism from the National Rifle Association, which labeled the measures "extreme gun control actions". The president will nominate David Chipman to be the director of the agency. Chipman is a gun owner himself.

"I don't need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future", Biden said last month.

Those who support gun legislation refer to the level of gun violence in the United States, one of the highest in the world per capita, with its rate of related deaths higher than every other developed country.

"When you disarm law-abiding citizens, you make them more likely to be victims", he said.

Through much of his career, Biden has been active on gun control efforts, often boasting of his role in beating the NRA in legislative battles during the Clinton administration, when he was a senator.

It is hard to say how many are circulating on the streets, in part because in many cases police departments don't even contact the federal government about the guns because they can't be traced.