The administration proposes a number of initiatives to tighten control over the circulation of firearms
US President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday announced a series of new measures to prevent gun violence.
Ahead of their speech, the White House provided an overview of the initiatives in a press release, which described gun violence as an “epidemic.”
One of the measures proposed by the Department of Justice is aimed at combating the proliferation of firearms without serial numbers, which are difficult for law enforcement agencies to trace.
The Ministry of Justice also plans to present a template of the law that will allow relatives and law enforcement officials to apply to the court with a request to temporarily restrict access to weapons for a person whom they consider dangerous to themselves or others. The template is intended to provide a starting point for the development of relevant laws at the state level.
Another proposal from the Department of Justice is for firearm safety braces. The White House says such devices can make firearms more stable and accurate without interfering with concealed carry.
It is also proposed to draw up an annual report on trafficking in firearms and conduct a number of public events to combat violence.
Biden also plans to appoint former federal agent David Chipman as head of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Regulatory Authority.
Chipman spent 25 years in this department and was involved in the investigation of the bombings at the World Trade Center of New York and the federal building in Oklahoma City in the 1990s. He is currently a consultant to the Giffords organization, which advocates tighter gun control.
House Republican minority leader Kevin McCarthy said Biden’s initiatives undermine the constitutionally guaranteed right to bear arms.
“He is lenient towards criminals but infringes upon the rights of law-abiding citizens. I will not tolerate this. And so are House Republicans. Observe the Constitution! ” – wrote McCarthy on Twitter.
In contrast, the president of Everytown for Gun Safety, John Fineblatt, praised the administration’s proposals, especially with regard to weapons without serial numbers, saying that it would “save countless lives.”
“We are delighted to hear from the administration that today’s action is just the beginning, and look forward to continuing to work closely together to end gun violence in this country,” Feinblatt said in a statement.