US President Joe Biden on Monday announced his administration’s efforts to regulate so-called ghost guns, including banning the manufacture of kits that consumers can assemble to make themselves a gun that has a serial number. is lacking, making it unattainable. Gun rights groups pledged to fight the regime.
“Law enforcement is sounding the alarm,” Biden said at a White House event. “Our communities are paying the price.”
Biden said, “A year ago this week, standing here with many of you, I instructed the attorney general to write a rule that would rein in the proliferation of ghost guns, because I needed to pass anything in Congress. I was having trouble.”
The new Justice Department rule would require that kits have serial numbers that law enforcement can use to track weapons used in crimes, that sellers be federally licensed and that background checks be performed on buyers.
Any store that obtains existing Ghost guns must also provide a serial number.
Another part of the new rule addresses guns made with split receivers to ensure they are covered by regulations requiring serial numbers and background checks. The receiver is the part of the gun to which other parts, such as the barrel and trigger, attach.
Another clause requires gun sellers who were previously allowed to destroy most records after 20 years, now retain the information until they close their business. A store that closes will then transfer the records to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, known as the ATF.
The Justice Department says that in 2021, law enforcement agencies will report 20,000 suspected ghost guns recovered during criminal investigations, 10 times more than in 2016.
Gun Owners of America, a gun rights advocacy group, vowed it would fight the rule immediately.
Aidan Johnston, the group’s director of federal affairs, said in a statement, “Just as we protested the Trump administration’s arbitrary ban on bump stocks, Goa will sue Biden’s ATF for blocking the implementation of this rule.” ” The group believes the rule violates the US Constitution and several federal laws.
But gun safety group Everytown called the new rules necessary.
“Ghost guns look like guns. They shoot like guns, and they kill like guns. But until now, they haven’t been regulated like guns,” said John Feinblatt, the organization’s president of gun safety. .
During the event, Biden formally announced his choice of Steve Detelbach as ATF director, a position that requires Senate confirmation.
Biden’s first choice for the position, gun control advocate David Chipman, withdrew from the idea in the face of both Democratic and Republican opposition.
Some of the information in this report comes from the Associated Press.