Biden will appoint the director of the ATF and announce new implementing measures on weapons


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.

Biden considered requiring background checks on so-called intellectual weapons, among other measures that would strengthen existing gun laws.
The extent of Thursday’s announcement, first reported by Politico, was not immediately clear and was not detailed by the White House.

“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.

Following last month’s shootings, Biden called on Congress to take steps, such as banning assault weapons, with Vice President Kamala Harris, who argued for enforcement action on the campaign trail, and told “CBS This Morning” that “if we really want something that will be lasting, we have to pass legislation. “
The Democrat-controlled House passed arms legislation that would extend background checks on all commercial arms sales last month, but bills have more difficult paths in the Senate, where Democrats have a thin 50-50 majority and would need significant Republican support to overcome the legislation. . buccaneer.
Biden acknowledged at a press conference that the adoption of the infrastructure package is a top legislative priority and believes that careful timing is key to the success of the proposed bills.

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.