WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is trying to restrict “guns” and make it easier for people to mark family members who should not be allowed to buy firearms as part of Thursday’s series of mass executions following the mass shooting.
Efforts to reach a bilateral agreement on popular arms control measures have flared up, even as lawmakers have expressed their openness to provisions such as tightening background checks.
Biden’s actions are limited and are likely to continue to face legal resistance from gun rights defenders who see efforts to restrict access as a violation of the Second Amendment.
Biden is scheduled to appear in the Rose Garden and will be joined by Vice President Kamala Harris and Attorney General Merrick Garland. A number of democratic congressional members, arms defenders and local officials are also expected to attend.
Biden is also expected to announce that he will nominate David Chipman, an advocate for arms defense, to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives or the ATF.
The White House detailed the planned enforcement measures, arguing that Biden’s instructions to the Department of Justice restrict access to weapons.
Biden instructs the DOJ to write rules that reduce the proliferation of “ghost weapons,” home-made firearms that are often made from parts purchased online and have no traceable serial number.
Biden also reduces access to stabilizing stiffeners, which can effectively turn a gun into a more lethal rifle while not being subject to the same specifications as a rifle of a similar size.
Finally, it asks the DOJ to publish the “red flag” law so states can use guides. Red flag laws allow family members or law enforcement agencies to go to state courts to temporarily prevent people from acquiring firearms if they pose a threat to themselves or others.
Biden also instructs the DOJ to publish a report on the firearms trade, which has not taken place since 2000. It will also provide information on programs aimed at reducing armed violence in urban communities by means other than incarceration, according to one fact. sheet distributed by the White House.
Biden faced pressure from Democrats and arms control activists to take immediate action to address armed violence in the wake of the shooting in Georgia, Colorado and California. House Democrats have passed arms control legislation, but even among Senate Democrats, there is not enough support to pass this bill.
Arms control activists have also criticized Biden for not making arms control legislation an early priority for his administration, as he promised during his campaign for the president.
In an address to reporters on Wednesday night, administration officials stressed that Thursday’s action is only the first step and that Biden will continue to pursue legal solutions to armed violence.
“This is an initial package of measures aimed at making progress on President Biden’s agenda to reduce armed violence,” one official said. “The administration will take legislative and enforcement action at the same time. You will continue to hear the President’s call for Congress to pass legislation to reduce arms-related violence.”
However, it is not clear how much political capital Biden is willing to use to enact arms control legislation on Capitol Hill, where Republicans continue to strongly oppose Democrat proposals, especially when it focuses on accepting the U.S. Jobs Plan and when it continues to do so. deals with the epidemic.
At a press conference at the end of last month, Biden indicated that he would focus on other legislative priorities, such as his infrastructure plan.
“It’s a matter of timing,” he said when asked about arms control legislation. “As you’ve all observed, better-performing presidents who are better than me were largely successful because they know how to time what they’re doing, order, decide priorities, what to do.”