President Joe Biden is set to unveil a package of moves on Thursday that seeks to address the scourge of gun violence. The action is taking place due to the March shooting in Boulder, Colorado, where GHOST GUNS "These are those guns which can be built using parts and instructions purchased online, but are limited in scope and fall short of the steps" were used.
He'll also announce that he is nominating gun control advocate David Chipman to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, which hasn't had a permanent director in place since 2015.
Administration officials have emphasized the announcements only amount to the first steps toward addressing gun violence, with later acts as a ban on assault weapons or rules requiring universal background checks, requiring Congress. Biden, who is advancing a massive infrastructure plan, has voiced uncertainty on the likelihood of passing major new gun laws.
ABOUT GHOST GUNS
Ghost guns are handmade or self-assembled firearms that don't have serial numbers. Some can be fabricated in as little as 30 minutes using kits and parts purchased online. Biden will direct the Justice Department to issue a proposed rule to "stop the proliferation" of those weapons, though a senior administration official previewing the step declined to elaborate on how specifically the rule might work.
Another proposed rule would target stabilizing braces for pistols, which aid in the weapons' accuracy and manage recoil. Under the new rule, the devices which the senior administration official contended turn pistols into short-barreled rifles would be covered by regulations in the National Firearms Act, including requiring registration. Last month's mass shooter in Boulder, Colorado, used a pistol modified with an arm brace, according to a law enforcement source.The President is expected to nominate Chipman to the ATF, a position that often becomes embroiled in the fraught politics of gun control. Chipman is a former ATF agent who serves as a senior policy adviser at Giffords, the organization led by former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who became a gun control advocate after being shot in 2011.
Biden also plans to announce new investments in intervention programs in violence-prone communities; a directive to the Justice Department to publish model "red flag" laws for states that allow the temporary removal of guns from people deemed at high risk of harming themselves or others; and a comprehensive report on firearms trafficking.
That included meeting with some of those groups and fielding ideas for steps Biden could take on his own. Some advocates had been clamoring for steps earlier in the administration, pointing to Biden's pledge to prioritize gun control during his campaign.
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Recent shootings in Georgia and Colorado had raised the question inside the West Wing over how much political capital Biden should expand on the matter, which has so often ended in frustration. Like former President Barack Obama, Biden has determined that executive actions are a more viable vehicle for progress given a narrowly divided Congress and a slate of other pressing priorities.
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