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- Following recent mass shootings in the U.S., the Biden administration is purportedly working to halt gun violence.
- Community-based intervention, red flag laws and limiting access to illegal weapons are key pillars.
- He is expected to sign relevant executive orders on Thursday.
In the wake of multiple shootings across the U.S., President Biden is expected to issue a slew of new executive actions on Thursday, tackling several existing practices surrounding gun purchases.
Within 30 days of April 7, the Department of Justice (DOJ) will issue a new rule to stop the distribution of “ghost guns,” or guns assembled from kits that are usually untraceable. This makes it difficult to prosecute owners of these firearms when found at crime scenes.
Over the course of a longer 60 day timeframe, the DOJ will also issue a proposed rule to clearly label if a pistol comes equipped with an arm brace to continue firing similarly to a short-barreled rifle.
Arm braces can stabilize a firearm while making it more accurate to shoot, as well as help conceal it. The alleged shooter arrested following the Boulder, Colo., grocery store slayings reportedly used an arm brace.
Additionally, the DOJ will publish pilot red flag laws which would let family members or law enforcement ask for a court order that would temporarily bar individuals deemed to be “in crisis” from accessing firearms. This would ideally prevent dangerous guns from ending up in the hands of people who are not equipped to use them.
“Gun violence takes lives and leaves a lasting legacy of trauma in communities every single day in this country, even when it is not on the nightly news,” the statement reads.
Other new tools, including the promotion of community-based violence intervention programs sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, and an annual report documenting the trafficking of firearms will be published within the DOJ.
Community-based violence solutions are largely touted by Biden’s administration as an effective prevention method. Citing a history of underfunded programs, Biden outlined a commitment to invest federal funding in community violence reduction programs.
Biden is also set to nominate David Chipman as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to help enforce and advocate gun laws.
Republicans say that tightening gun control wouldn’t have an effect on preventing gun violence.
“Every time there’s a shooting, we play this ridiculous theater where this committee gets together and proposes a bunch of laws that would do nothing to stop these murders,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said at a recent Judiciary Committee hearing, according to The Washington Post.