US President, Joe Biden, to announce anti-gun violence measures

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 8, 2021

Biden is expected to introduce at the White House on Thursday his long-awaited package of executive actions meant to curb skyrocketing gun violence within the US.

President Biden is pictured in the Oval Office on March 30.

Biden is expected to announce his proposals Thursday morning.

Citing sources familiar with the matter, Politico reported that some of the executive actions under consideration would require buyers of devices known as ghost guns - homemade or makeshift firearms without a serial number - to undergo background checks. It's legal to build a gun in a home or a workshop and there is no federal requirement for a background check. 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.

Advocacy groups pushing the administration for action following mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado are expected to attend Thursday's announcement, as well as community groups pressing for more attention on gun violence as a public health crisis.

Some states, like California, have enacted laws in recent years to require serial numbers be stamped on ghost guns.

While waiting for Congress to act on the $5 billion request, the administration will direct more than two dozen federal agencies to look at existing accounts to find money that can be used to support such programs.

"Gun violence takes lives and leaves a lasting legacy of trauma in communities every single day in this country, even when it is not on the nightly news", the White House said in a statement.

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 Biden administration plans to nominate Chipman, a former federal agent, to be director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

"The concealability and ability to use ammunition capable of penetrating body armor make these firearms especially unsafe on our streets and for law enforcement personnel", the lawmakers wrote, urging Biden "to immediately promulgate regulations to cover these concealable assault firearms under the National Firearms Act".

ATF leaders have historically faced trouble getting confirmed in the Senate. Gun-control advocates have emphasized the significance of the ATF director in enforcing the nation's gun laws, and Chipman is certain to win praise from them.

Those complaints mounted after Biden's news conference late last month, at which he said that "successful presidents, better than me, have been successful, in large part, because they know how to time what they're doing - order it, decide and prioritize what needs to be done".

Asked about gun control, immigration and other issues, Biden said that "the most urgent problem" was the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic dislocation it had caused.

So to sum up, President Grampy McUnity is reportedly going to throw the gun-grabbing community a brontosaurus-sized bone by nominating one of their own to head the agency that's charged with interpreting gun laws and regulating Americans' right to keep and bear arms. He also said the group is looking forward to continuing to work with the Biden administration on further gun control measures, but it's unclear what next moves the White House, or lawmakers on Capitol Hill, will be able to take. But since taking office as president, he's focused heavily on other issues.

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