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Biden’s Gun Control Actions

President Joe Biden

On April 7, President Joe Biden announced his initial 6 executive actions to combat gun violence while the administration await for the Congress to act. The plan illustrates 6 actions, which the White House announced is within the scope of the presidential authority and the Second Amendment. These actions are for the Justice Department led by the United States Attorney General Merrick Garland to issue a proposed rule within 30 days to tighten restrictions on “ghost-guns,” issue a proposed rule within 60 days to tighten restrictions on pistol stabilizing braces which turns pistol into a short barreled rifle, publish within 60 days on “red flag” legislations for states, issue an annual report on firearm tracking. The actions also include President Biden’s choice of David Chipman as the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), and the administration’s investment in intervention programs in urban communities. The White House in their fact sheet claimed the reason for such swift actions as response to the recent mass-shootings in Boulder and Atlanta which took 18 lives combined. Restrictions on “ghost-guns” are meant to eliminate kits, which can be assembled in less than 30 mins with no serial numbers, purchased by criminals. Firearm brace is a device which stabilizes the firearms when fired, which further improves the accuracy and deadly. The “red flag” legislation for states allows for family members or law enforcements to petition for a court order which temporarily bans the firearm from the owner if they present danger from harming themselves or others. The Justice Department is also responsible for publishing an annual report to provide necessary datas needed to address the issues. Finally, the administration moved to nominate David Chapman as the Director of ATF to pursue common sense gun safety laws, and investments aimed to progress fundings to urban areas where crimes are frequent to combat against community violence. In March, the House of Representatives passed two comprehensive bipartisan bills on gun control measures, one aimed to close the loopholes by expanding background checks to be issued before a firearm can be sold, and the second aimed to expand the timeline to 10 business days from 3 days for the federal government to complete background checks. While the first bill on closing loopholes passed the House of Representatives with 227-203 with 10 Republicans on board, the second bill on expanding the timeline narrowly passed the House of Representatives with 219-210 with only 2 Republicans on board. As these two bills are unlikely to pass the Senate as it requires a minimum of 60 votes to overturn the filibuster, 10 Republicans and 50 Democrats, President Joe Biden decided to act within his power rather than to await for the congested Congress to pass bills on gun controls. In his speech in the Rose Garden, President Biden stated that, “We should also ban assault rifles and high-capacity magazines in this country,” which gathered applaud as he claims the gun violence had, “Enough prayers,” and that it is, “Time for some actions.” As the administration acts to further utilize executive actions, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer argued for the executive actions as not being, “A substitute for meaningful legislation to address the gun violence epidemic,” and that he is, “Committed to hold votes on the floor of the United States Senate on gun violence prevention legislation.”

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