Biden targets U.S. gun violence
April 8, 2021 - President Joe Biden unveils his administration’s first steps to curb U.S. gun violence after a slew of mass shootings have put pressure on him to act.
Biden is tightening regulations of buyers of “ghost guns” — homemade firearms that usually are assembled from parts and milled with a metal-cutting machine and often lack serial numbers used to trace them.
The Justice Department will issue a proposed rule aimed at reining in ghost guns within 30 days, though details of the rule weren't immediately issued.
A second proposed rule, expected within 60 days, will tighten regulations on pistol-stabilizing braces, like the one used by the Boulder, Colorado, shooter in a rampage last month that left 10 dead.
The rule will designate pistols used with stabilizing braces as short-barreled rifles, which require a federal license to own and are subject to a more thorough application process and a $200 tax.
The department also is publishing model legislation within 60 days that is intended to make it easier for states to adopt their own “red flag” laws.
Such laws allow for individuals to petition a court to allow the police to confiscate weapons from a person deemed to be a danger to themselves or others.
The department also will begin to provide more data on firearms trafficking, starting with a new comprehensive report on the issue. The administration says that hasn’t been done in more than two decades.
- Biden plans to crack down on 'ghost guns' with action on Thursday (Reuters)
- Biden Prepares to Take on Gun Violence in Wake of Back-to-Back Shootings (NYT)
- AR-556® PISTOL (Ruger)
- The Colorado suspect allegedly used an AR-15-style pistol (CNN)
- The gun implicated in Boulder uses the same ammunition as an AR-15. (Washington Post)