Monday, April 11, 2022

Biden's New Gun Regulation And New ATF Nominee

President Biden's Nnew Firearm Regulation is meant to Contain the use of Privately made Weapons. The Regulation on so-called "ghost guns", unregulated, Untraceable Weapons, made from Kits, would address a critical Gap in the Government's ability to Track them.

Biden is also expected to name Steve Dettelbach, a former U.S. Attorney from Ohio, as his Nominee to Lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Biden's previous nominee was forced to withdraw amid opposition in the Senate. The moves come as Gun Violence and Crime have ticked up in the U.S., putting pressure on the White House to take action.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), again decried the use of Ghost Guns during a Press Conference Sunday, calling for a Crackdown on the rise of the Privately made Firearms. He blamed Republicans for holding up Gun Reform Legislation, while pressing Biden's Administration to go further. "Today I am calling on the administration to go all after ghost guns, by putting out regulations that will stop them. The federal government has the ability through regulation to stop these ghost guns," he said.

Following a 2021 Directive from the Biden Administration, the ATF proposed a Rule in May, 2021, to allow the Bureau to classify the Building Blocks that often make up Ghost Guns as Firearms. The Rule has been winding its way through the Federal Regulation Process since then. The ATF Rule addresses a Key Problem in Tracking and Regulating Ghost Guns because certain Frames and Receivers used to assemble the Guns are often purchased Online and Not Classified as Firearms by the Bureau. The Rule would also require Manufactures who Sell Parts to assemble Ghost Guns to be Licensed and to run Background Checks on potential Purchasers of the Kits used to assemble the Products.

The Justice Department (DOJ) has also launched a National Ghost Gun Enforcement Initiative, which will "train a national cadre of prosecutors and disseminate investigation and prosecution tools to help bring cases against those who use ghost guns to commit crimes,". Ghost Guns have been used in multiple recent Shootings, including at a Maryland High School in January. The exact number in Circulation is Unknowable, given the Inability of Regulators to Track them.

Multiple States have moved to Restrict their Sale, as Ghost Guns become more Common at Crime Scenes. Last week, Maryland joined Washington, DC, and 10 other States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington, in Banning or Restricting the Purchase or Use of Ghost Guns.

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