The Biden administration has unveiled several executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence, following the mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder. The administration also plans to appoint David Chipman, a former federal agent and gun control advocate, to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The measures include a directive that the Justice Department will issue draft regulations on “ghost weapons” – unregistered firearms that can be assembled from spare parts within the next month.
Joe Biden will also ask the Justice Department to clarify the regulations to ensure that pistols equipped with stabilizer orthoses, which essentially turn them into rifles, will be governed by the national firearms law. Pistols are cheaper and easier to transport across state lines, while rifles are more regulated. The suspect in the Boulder shooting used a pistol fitted with a splint that looks and functions like a rifle, and uses the same ammunition as the infamous AR-15, but is not regulated as a rifle under the laws current.
And the president will call on various agencies to devote more resources to measures to prevent violence in the community, and will call on the Department of Justice to develop model “red flag” laws – which allow family members to ask. courts to withdraw firearms from those considered a threat. – for states to adopt and adopt. Several states, including Colorado, already have red flag laws on the books.
Officials said these new measures are just the start and the administration will encourage Congressional Democrats to pass more gun control reforms and consider other executive actions to reduce violence. army.
Biden, who as vice president was responsible for leading the Obama administration’s gun violence prevention efforts, pledged ambitious reforms during his campaign for the presidency. As the 2020 election approaches, he pledged to enact legislation requiring background checks for all sales of firearms, to ban online sales of firearms, and to ban the manufacture and sale of firearms. selling assault weapons and high-capacity magazines – and regulating or repurchasing those already in circulation. . Supporters of gun control have been disappointed by the president’s lack of immediate and immediate action after taking office.
Appointing Chipman as director of ATF could be a first step towards more action. The post has been vacant since 2015. But Chipman faces an uphill battle in the Senate. Although Democrats have a slim majority, even moderates can be weary of Chiman’s strong positions against all assault weapons and other restrictions.
Getting gun control legislation passed through the Senate will be even more difficult, with Republicans firmly opposed to the legislation. After the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, Biden failed to push through major gun control legislation. Although Democrats had a majority at the time, the bill failed to garner enough support to overcome a filibuster. Democrats now have an even narrower lead in the Senate.