We all new Joe was coming for our guns. Now he has fired his first shot.
President Joe Biden is expected to direct his administration to tighten restrictions on so-called ghost guns and stabilizing braces. Here are the key things you need to know:
- Ghost guns are typically defined as handmade (homemade) or self-assembled firearms
- They don’t necessarily have serial numbers, because they are homemade and have not required a serial number
- Only the receiver requires a serial number, so a blank receiver can be made in a matter of minutes and their remaining parts may be purchased online
President Biden is expected to direct the Justice Department to issue a proposed rule to “stop the proliferation” of ghost guns, though a senior administration official previewing the step declined to elaborate on how specifically the rule — due in 30 days — might work
The move is in line with recommendations from gun safety advocacy groups who are consulting with the White House, including Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence.
While campaigning, Biden had said he would task his attorney general with instituting better enforcement of existing gun laws as a means of slowing gun violence. He also made a campaign pledge to send $900 million for community programs meant to combat violence, something the administration is sorting out how to fulfill. Neither of these truly have anything to do with the expected announcement today.
What effect do you think President Biden’s new gun control push will have? Share your answers in the comment section.
Be sure to also check out: American Violence: Sociology Driven, Not a Gun Issue.