Biden tackles 'ghost guns' and US firearms violence

Biden tackles ‘ghost guns’ and US firearms violence

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Washington: White House officials said that President Biden will announce on Thursday measures aimed at curbing rampant gun violence in the United States, especially trying to prevent the spread of untraceable “ghost guns”.

Biden has come under pressure from his Democratic party to tackle the bloodshed, most recently highlighted by mass killings as far apart as Colorado, Georgia and California.

In addition to relatively modest measures on the politically hyper-sensitive issue, Biden will announce his nomination of David Chipman, a gun-control proponent, to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — a central agency in the fight against gun violence.

Reflecting the lack of political unity around anything to do with firearms restrictions, the ATF has not had a Senate-confirmed director since 2015.

Chipman is a veteran of the agency who went on to work for a gun control advocacy group and there is no one “better to enforce gun laws,” a senior Biden administration official told reporters.

The official, who asked not to be named, said that Biden will introduce six measures “to solve the gun violence health epidemic.”

Stand out is the proposed new rule to “stop the spread of ghost guns” because people know guns made with household toolboxes. The official said these homemade weapons are particularly worrying because “they cannot be traced” found at the crime scene.

Other measures include strengthening support for institutions involved in resolving community violence and ordering the first comprehensive report on gun trafficking in the United States since 2000.

Nearly 40,000 Americans die in shootings each year, and more than half of them die by suicide.

“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 White House said in a statement.

“In fact, cities across the country are in the midst of a historic spike in homicides, violence that disproportionately impacts Black and brown Americans. The president is committed to taking action to reduce all forms of gun violence.”

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