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.
The President addressed the country from the White House Rose Garden.
Anticipating his appeal, US Vice President Kamala Harris stated that, in the opinion of representatives of both parties, the time has come to take practical legislative measures to tighten arms control. She also noted that Joe Biden made efforts to address this issue during his tenure as a legislator.
In his speech, the president called the violence with the use of firearms “an epidemic” for the country.
Stressing that the time for prayer is over and the time is ripe for action, Biden called on the Senate to approve three gun control bills already approved by the House of Representatives.
The President noted that the priority task for him will be to deprive weapons manufacturers of legal immunity.
He also pointed out the need for a complete ban on assault weapons.
Biden said it is imperative that the federal gun control laws prompt states to pass their own laws to that effect.
During his speech, the president announced what a White House spokesman, at a briefing later Thursday, called the executive’s initial set of arms control actions.
This includes, in particular, new investments in special programs for communities that are particularly vulnerable to gun violence.
In addition, the president intends to tighten restrictions on the distribution of firearms without serial numbers, which are difficult for law enforcement agencies to trace.
Another initiative concerns firearm safety brackets. in a previously published document, the US administration emphasizes that such devices can make firearms more stable and accurate, but will not interfere with concealed carry.
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.
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 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.