Published: Thu, April 08, 2021

Biden plans to unveil executive action on guns on Thursday

Biden plans to unveil executive action on guns on Thursday

President Joe Biden will unveil a series of executive actions aimed at addressing gun violence on Thursday, including background checks for people buying "ghost guns".

Calls to implement stricter measures to end gun violence in the United States have strengthened after a recent shooting in Boulder, Colorado, in late March.

"The President is committed to taking action to reduce all forms of gun violence - community violence, mass shootings, domestic violence, and suicide by firearm", the White House said in a statement.

The administration's steps drew praise from gun safety groups.

The Justice Department, within 30 days, will issue a proposed rule to help stop the proliferation of "ghost guns". Under the rule, the braces, which can be used to turn a pistol into a short-barrelled rifle, would be subject to regulation under the National Firearms Act.

Red flag laws allow family members or law enforcement to petition a state court to temporarily block people from accessing firearms if they present a danger to themselves or others.

Biden did tuck some $5 billion to support community-based violence prevention programs in the $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure plan, but activists have been urging him to do more to stem gun violence.

Rumors are swirling that Biden could even coronate a new czar of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), a figure who would be empowered to further infringe upon Americans' liberty and freedom.

He added that the Biden administration's decision to treat ghost guns "like the deadly weapons they are will undoubtedly save countless lives". While the House passed a background-check bill last month, gun control measures face slim prospects in an evenly-divided Senate, where Republicans remain near-unified against most proposals.

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.

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. 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.

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

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. Texas Senator Ted Cruz argued that imposing strict gun control laws on law-abiding citizens would make them more vulnerable to criminals.

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