U.S. gun violence: Joe Biden to target 'ghost guns'

Lula Sharp
April 8, 2021

The announcement comes as Biden has faced pressure from Democrats and gun control activists to take immediate action to address gun violence in the wake of recent mass shootings in Georgia, Colorado and California.

The actions come on the heels of increased gun violence in many United States cities and an uptick in mass shootings, including at a grocery store in Colorado where 10 people were killed and at Atlanta-area spas where eight people were killed.

The actions will "begin to make good on President Biden's promise to be the strongest gun safety president in history", John Feinblatt, the head of Everytown for Gun Safety, said in a statement. The database defines mass killings as four or more dead.

Later on Thursday, Mr Biden will say that he has given the Justice Department 30 days to propose a rule that will help reduce the number of "ghost guns".

The Justice Department will be given 60 days to issue a separate rule on stabilizing braces, which can turn a pistol into a more accurate weapon that fires like a rifle.

Biden himself expressed uncertainty late last month when asked if he had the political capital to pass new gun control proposals, telling reporters, 'I haven't done any counting yet'.

The president will also highlight the steps his administration is taking to invest in community violence interventions and call on the DOJ to issue a firearms trafficking report.

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Biden has called on the Senate to pass House-approved legislation requiring more stringent background checks for all gun sales and transfers and giving the Federal Bureau of Investigation more time to conduct them, but has not taken further steps, to the frustration of gun violence prevention advocates. FPC Law is the nation's largest public interest legal team focused on Second Amendment and adjacent fundamental rights including freedom of speech and due process, conducting litigation, research, scholarly publications, and amicus briefing, among other efforts.

During his campaign, Biden promised to prioritize new gun control measures as president, including enacting universal background check legislation, banning online sales of firearms and the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

An official told Reuters news agency that this was just the first step in tackling gun violence and that Mr Biden would continue to advocate for gun legislation. These guns do not have commercial serial numbers and are hard to track. Biden's ATF director will naturally play a key role in the administration's gun policies.

But gun-control advocates have said that while they were heartened by signs from the White House that they took the issue seriously, they've been disappointed by the lack of early action.

Particularly, many Republicans oppose gun control legislation. "He is soft on crime, but infringes on the rights of law-abiding citizens".

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