Biden's planned pick for ATF director a fierce advocate for gun control

Elias Hubbard
Апреля 8, 2021

U.S. President Joe Biden will unveil a series of executive actions aimed at addressing gun violence on Thursday, delivering his first major action on gun control since taking office.

Biden is expected to be accompanied by Attorney General Merrick Garland at the announcement.

Biden will call on the Department of Justice to issue proposed rules to stop the proliferation of so-called "ghost guns" within 30 days.

So to sum up, President Grampy McUnity is reportedly going to throw the gun-grabbing community a brontosaurus-sized bone by nominating one of their own to head the agency that's charged with interpreting gun laws and regulating Americans' right to keep and bear arms.

Ghost guns are homemade guns, often made from parts purchased online, and do not have traceable serial number, while a stabilizing brace effectively turns a pistol into a short-barreled rifle while not being subjected to the same regulations that a rifle of similar size would be.

Asked about gun control, immigration and other issues, Biden said that "the most urgent problem" was the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic dislocation it had caused.

At a press conference in late March, Biden indicated that he was focused on legislative priorities other than gun control, such as his infrastructure plan.

The actions will "begin to make good on President Biden's promise to be the strongest gun safety president in history", John Feinblatt, the head of Everytown for Gun Safety, said in a statement.

"The concealability and ability to use ammunition capable of penetrating body armor make these firearms especially risky on our streets and for law enforcement personnel", the lawmakers wrote, urging Biden "to immediately promulgate regulations to cover these concealable assault firearms under the National Firearms Act". Regina Lombardo, appointed under Trump, is now the acting director. If confirmed, Chipman would be the agency's first permanent director since 2015.

Prior to that, Chipman spent 25 years as an agent at the ATF, where he worked on stopping a trafficking ring that sent illegal firearms from Virginia to NY, and served on the ATF's SWAT team.

Such programs have had a significant impact in reducing homicides where they've been tried, White House officials said.

With the announcement of the new measures, however, advocates lauded Biden's first moves to combat gun violence. Shortly after the shooting, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold told CBSN that stricter gun laws were needed to make sure gun ownership is done in a "reasonable way", with regulation from the federal government being necessary to execute that effort.

In a letter to Biden last week, dozens of congressional lawmakers demanded the president place "concealable assault-style firearms that fire rifle rounds" under the National Firearms Act, which would make the sale and transfer of the specified firearms much more hard to complete.

For years, federal officials have been sounding the alarm about an increasing black market for homemade, military-style semi-automatic rifles and handguns. Ghost guns have increasingly turned up at crime scenes and in recent years have been turning up more and more when federal agents are purchasing guns in undercover operations from gang members and other criminals. Law enforcement officials in California have estimated that roughly 3 in 10 guns recovered from crimes in the state are ghost weapons.

The administration's moves, which Biden plans to announce at an event with Atty.

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