The announcements will be made when the president is expected to nominate David Chipman as the next director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a White House official told CNN on Wednesday. Chipman is a former ATF agent who is a senior adviser to Giffords, an organization led by former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who became an arms control advocate after being shot in 2011.
“I expect the president to have more to say tomorrow,” press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at Wednesday’s briefing.
Biden said last month after the Colorado massacre, “I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense steps that will save lives in the future.”
Ghost weapons are handmade or self-assembled firearms that do not have a serial number. The measure would officially classify them as firearms, so they require a background check, according to administrative officials.
The move would be in line with the recommendations of the arms security advocacy groups that consulted the White House.
The administration has also considered taking action in other areas, including alerting law enforcement if someone fails a federal background check. Arms protection advocates say background checks alerts could potentially mark problematic or criminals trying to gain access to weapons.
As the country’s gun-related posture has evolved, Biden has been at the center of the road for more than three decades and is at the center, from the 1994 triumph of the 10-year ban on assault weapons to the failure of failure. calls for universal background checks following the Sandy Hook massacre. The recent shooting in Georgia and Colorado has raised the question in the west wing of how much political capital Biden is spending on the case, which has so often ended in frustration.
During his campaign, Biden said he would commission his chief prosecutor to better enforce existing gun laws as a means of slowing down gun violence. The campaign also promised to send $ 900 million to community programs to combat violence, for which the administration will decide how to deliver.
This story has been updated with additional backgrounds.
Kaitlan Collins contributed to this story.