President Joe Biden will announce six executive actions to tackle the “epidemic” of gun violence in the United States on Thursday, senior administration officials said Wednesday evening, the administration’s first concrete steps to address a problem that Biden has struggled with since his time in the US Senate.
“We know that Americans are dying of gun violence every day in this country,” an official told reporters on a conference call about the actions of the executive. “This is why we are pursuing a program that will address not only mass shootings, but also community violence that proportionately affects black and brown Americans, domestic violence, and gun suicide.”
The actions come as the slow return to normalcy of American life has resulted in a succession of shootings leaving many injured across the country, and as gun control advocates grow worried that the Biden’s attention to the pandemic recovery could come at the expense of a problem. that has languished without meaningful legislative action in Congress for decades.
The ordinances, according to administration officials who have stressed that these are only “initial” reforms and will likely be followed by further action in the coming months, touch on a range of issues relating to procurement of firearms, the publication of “red flag” legislation. a roadmap for state-level action and data collection regarding firearms trafficking, as well as some issues specifically related to recent mass shootings, including the requirement that firearms require a stabilizer splint – like the one used at a shooting supermarket in Boulder last month – is subject to national gun law requirements. These guns are required by law to be registered with the federal government.
The actions also include ordering the Justice Ministry to draft a proposal to stop the proliferation of so-called “ghost weapons,” which are assembled from kits and cannot be traced by law enforcement. This provision was first reported by Politico.
Finally, the President will announce his intention to appoint David Chipman as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Chipman, a former special agent in the office, is a senior advisor to the gun control advocacy group founded by former Arizona congressman Gabby Giffords, who was nearly killed in a 2011 shooting that took cost the lives of six people.
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