With Congress deeply divided, President Joe Biden is planning to take actions under his executive authority to try and address gun violence, following a wave of deadly shootings and worries from advocates.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined to comment on Biden’s plans during a reporter briefing Wednesday afternoon, however, a senior government official told Newsweek the most immediate executive directives that Biden is expected to sign on Thursday will lead the Department of Justice (DOJ) to devote the forthcoming weeks creating plans to tackle”ghost guns,” gun alterations and steps that states can embrace.
The executive orders are a part of an overall drive that Biden is expected to unveil now as he proceeds to”address the gun violence public health epidemic,” the official stated.
“This is an initial set of actions in progress from President Biden’s gun violence reduction agenda,” the official said.
Biden signed a raft of executive orders soon after taking office on January 20, addressing subjects ranging from the environment to health care–largely reversing many of former President Donald Trump‘s executive activities. However, his fans and gun control groups have awaited a similar drive to address gun violence.
Biden also is expected Thursday to officially introduce David Chipman as his pick to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Chipman served as a special agent at ATF for more than two decades before linking the gun violence prevention advocacy group that was launched by former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat who left office after she was severely injured in an assassination attempt in 2011.
The Biden administration also has planned to divert some present funding among federal programs for community violence intervention efforts.
Here’s exactly what his executive orders, which aren’t permanent and can be repealed by future administrations, are expected to perform:
Direct the DOJ to develop a new rule in the upcoming month to address”ghost guns.”
Biden is directing the DOJ to specifically target so-called “ghost guns” and make them subject to background checks.
Ghost guns are homemade firearms which can be untraceable.
“Criminals are buying these kits that contain nearly all the components and directions for finishing a firearms in as little as 30 minutes,” the official said. “Law enforcement agencies across the country are increasingly finding problems with them.”
Direct the DOJ to generate a rule over two months that could address stabilizing modifications that may make guns more dangerous.
The official said the goal is”to make clear that when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace technically turns a pistol into a short barreled rifle, that firearm is subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act,” the official said.
Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, who murdered 10 individuals in a Boulder, Colorado supermarket March 22, reportedly used a Ruger AR-556 pistol that had been altered with a stabilizing brace, the official noted.
Direct the DOJ to draft”model” legislation that states can adopt if they want to address gun violence around the state level.
The U.S. House’s Democratic bulk handed several gun steps earlier this year, however they remain without a route to passing from the Senate, where Democrats maintain a razor-thin hold and little prospect of getting Republican support which would be needed under normal processes.
With Congress in a deadlock,” Biden intends to work the DOJ with crafting”model” legislation for states to voluntarily adopt to attempt and create some uniformity on”red flag” laws that allow concerned family members or law authorities to temporarily take firearms from people who are indicated as a danger to themselves and others.
“As the president urges Congress to pass legislation that will create an appropriate National Red Flag Law, and also pass legislation that incentivizes states to adopt red flag laws, the Justice Department’s public model legislation will make it easier for states that want to adopt red flag laws,” the official said.