President Joe Biden announced Thursday the first package of measures since taking office aimed at reducing gun violence.
“Gun violence in this country is an epidemic. And it has to stop,” Biden said before signing the decrees in the White House and emphasizing that it is an issue that has not been resolved yet that is a shame for the country.
“Nothing, nothing that I am about to recommend affects the Second Amendment in any way. They are false arguments suggesting that these are Second Amendment rights and that they are at stake. But no amendment, no amendment to the Constitution. it’s absolute, “he said.
The president indicated that an average of 106 Americans die each day by firearms and hundreds more are injured. To illustrate the problem, Biden recounted that last month, during the period between an incident that left eight people shot in Georgia and another that killed 10 people in Colorado, there were another 850 firearm incidents that left 250 people dead and 500 wounded.
Biden said that the measures adopted this Thursday are the initial ones because they are adopted via executive without the need for the intervention of Congress. He noted that he plans additional actions in the future.
Biden announced the adoption of a decree that orders the Department of Justice to issue new rules within 30 days to stop the proliferation of firearms without serial numbers because they were handcrafted (known in English as ghost guns).
It’s still legal
It is currently legal to build a firearm at home or in a shop, and federal law does not require a background check on anyone who wants to buy it.
The agency AP reported that federal authorities have warned for years about a growing black market for home-made military-style firearms, which appear linked to more and more crimes and are often preferred by criminal gangs due to the difficulty of tracking them due to not having a number from serial.
Biden also nominated David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), a key law firm in the fight against gun violence that has been for several years with interim leadership.
Chipman is an explosivist who served for 25 years as an ATF agent and later advised Giffords, an organization seeking stricter control of firearms.
During his time at the ATF, he was a member of the investigative team for the first bombing of the World Trade Center in New York in 1993 and the explosion in Oklahoma City in 1995.
The last time the Senate confirmed an ATF director was in 2013. The Senate is even more divided right now than it was then, and Democrats need at least 10 Republican votes not only to confirm Chipman but to adopt. any gun legislation.
Biden maintains as a legislative priority an ambitious program to rebuild the national infrastructure.
In another decree, Biden gives the Justice Department 60 days to issue rules to classify as short-barreled rifles pistols equipped with stabilizer mounts. The designation requires the bearer to obtain a federal license and pay a tax of $ 200.
A hundred Democratic lawmakers had sent Biden a letter last week asking him to regulate concealed assault rifles.
Another decree asks the Department of Justice to issue in 60 days a model of legislation that can be adopted by the states to temporarily prevent access to firearms to people going through a crisis, laws known in English as red flag.
Another measure consists of ordering five federal agencies to implement changes to 26 different programs to promote intervention initiatives in communities afflicted by gun violence.
Finally, the Department of Justice will issue an annual report on firearms trafficking, to update the most recent edition published in 2000.
Organizations advocating tighter restrictions on the use of firearms had criticized Biden for not reacting quickly after recent shootings in Colorado, Georgia and California.
During his election campaign, Biden promised to prioritize specific gun control measures such as background check legislation for buyers of all firearms, prohibiting the sale of firearms online and the sale of assault rifles. .