But the action falls broadly short, with Biden promising as a candidate that should be passed by Congress, including a ban on attacking weapons or conducting universal background checks. Senior administration officials prepared the forthcoming announcements as preliminary steps, which would be followed by additional action, including pressuring MPs to take action.
“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future,” Beiden said after a mass shooting in Colorado last month. But he has acknowledged that planning massive new infrastructure – and passing new gun laws – is his top legislative priority.
Biden will make announcements from the White House on Thursday with his attorney general, Merrick Garland, whose Justice Department will be responsible for drafting the proposed rules.
Ghost guns are handmade or self-assembled firearms that do not have serial numbers. Some can be made shorter in 30 minutes using kits and parts purchased online. Biden will direct the Justice Department to issue a proposed rule to “stop the spread” of those weapons, though a senior administration official previewed the move, stating how the rules in particular – due to 30 days – worked. can do.
Another proposed rule would aim to stabilize the braces for the pistol, which aids in the accuracy of the arms and manages repetition. Under the new rule, the devices – which senior administration officials used turn pistols in rifles with short pistols – would be covered by regulations in the National Firearms Act, including the requirement for registration. Last month’s mass shooter in Boulder, Colorado, used a modified pistol with an arm brace, according to a law enforcement source.
A White House official told CNN that the announcements would take place as the president expected David Chipman to be named as the next director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Chipman is a former ATF agent who serves as a Senior Policy Advisor at Giffords, an organization led by former Congressional Senior Officer Gabby Giffords, who became a gun control advocate after being shot in 2011.
The ATF has been without a permanent director since 2015.
Biden also plans to announce new investments in intervention programs in violence-prone communities; A Department of Justice directive to publish model “red flag” laws for states that allow guns to be removed from people deemed to be at high risk of harm to themselves or others; And a comprehensive report on firearms trafficking.
Taken together, the action amounted to the first real steps by Biden’s administration to combat gun violence. Inside the White House, efforts to develop executive functions have been led by the White House Domestic Policy Council Director Susan Rice and the Office of Public Engagement Director Cedric Richmond, administration officials and gun safety advocacy groups told CNN.
This included meeting with some of those groups and fielding ideas for steps that Biden could take on his own. Some advocates had already stepped into the administration during their campaign, pointing to Biden’s pledge to prioritize gun control.
But initial reaction from gun safety advocacy groups on Wednesday evening was positive.
“Each of these executive functions will begin to address the epidemic of gun violence that has erupted during the epidemic, and begin to make good on President Biden’s promise to be the strongest gun safety president in history,” John Feinblatt, Everytown’s president for gun safety, said in a statement.
Shannon Watts founder Shannon Watts said, “These much-needed executive actions will begin to save people’s lives right now and our ground forces of about 6 million supporters stand behind President Biden. Action,” said in a statement.
While campaigning, Biden said that he would hand over the work to his Attorney General with the establishment of better enforcement of existing gun laws as a means of slowing down the speed of the gun. He also promised to run a campaign to send $ 900 million for community programs to combat violence, which the administration is carrying out.
Biden acknowledged during a news conference that his main legislative priority was passing an infrastructure package and he believed the careful resolution was critical to the success of any proposed bill.
And he has acknowledged that his political capital is limited.
“I haven’t counted yet,” he said in March whether he believed he had enough votes to pass significant reforms.
As the nation’s currency on guns has evolved, Biden has been front-and-center at every stop for more than three decades, from the victory of a 10-year ban on assault weapons in 1994 to the disappointment of failure. The push for universal background checks in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre.
Recent shootings in Georgia and Colorado raised questions inside the West Wing about how much political capital Biden should spend on the case, which has often ended in frustration.
The story has been updated with details of Biden’s executive actions and reaction to him.
Kathlan Collins contributed to this story.