President Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled six executive actions intended to address what his administration calls the current “gun violence public health epidemic” facing America. Included among the actions were forthcoming regulations on so-called ‘ghost guns’, which are basically weapons which can be assembled at home, usually by a kit. The issue is that ghost guns do not have a serial number — and model “red flag” laws.
The first action directs the Department of Justice to issue a rule to help stop the proliferation of “ghost guns” within 30 days.
“We are experiencing a growing problem: criminals are buying kits containing nearly all of the components and directions for finishing a firearm within as little as 30 minutes and using these firearms to commit crimes,” the news release stated. “When these firearms turn up at crime scenes, they often cannot be traced by law enforcement due to the lack of a serial number.”
Under the second action, the DOJ is commissioned to issue a rule “make clear when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace effectively turns a pistol into a short-barreled rifle subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act.”
In the third action, Biden directs the DOJ to publish model “red flag” legislation — which allows a family member, friend, or member of law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily bar a troubled or dangerous individual from accessing a gun. The administration suggested that the model legislation could act as a stand-in until Congress and state legislatures pass permanent red flag legislation of their own.
The fourth and fifth actions, respectively, outline investments in “community violence interventions” and direct the DOJ to publish an annual report on firearms trafficking.
Lastly, for the sixth action, Biden announced his intention to place David Chapman, a gun reform advocate, to serve as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, a key agency in gun law enforcement.