Biden Set to Announce Six Executive Actions on Guns Tomorrow

US President Joe Biden

Calls to implement stricter measures to end gun violence in the United States have strengthened after a recent shooting in Boulder, Colorado, in late March.

Absent, however, will be any big measures on seeking to tighten overall gun laws, such as more background checks or ending the sale of powerful rifles often used in mass killings.

U.S. President Joe Biden will unveil a series of executive actions aimed at addressing gun violence on Thursday, delivering his first major action on gun control since taking office.

Chipman is an adviser to Giffords, a gun violence prevention organization spearheaded by former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a 2011 mass shooting in Arizona.

The administration's steps drew praise from gun safety groups.

Biden will announce that the Justice Department intends to issue a proposed rule within 30 days to help reduce the increasing prevalence of untraceable, self-assembled "ghost guns", a White House official told reporters.

"Red flag" legislation. Red flag laws allow family members or law enforcement to ask for a court order to temporarily prohibit "people in crisis" from accessing firearms if it is judged that they present a danger to themselves or others.

Biden has proposed $5 billion over the next eight years for "community violence interventions", a term that covers a range of programs created to deter violence using tools other than putting people in prison.

An annual report on firearms trafficking.

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Rumors are swirling that Biden could even coronate a new czar of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), a figure who would be empowered to further infringe upon Americans' liberty and freedom.

The NRA said it will oppose Chipman's nomination. Gun control activists and some of Biden's fellow Democrats in Congress had pleaded with the White House to name a person to the post.

"Community violence interventions are proven strategies for reducing gun violence in urban communities through tools other than incarceration", the statement said.

"Each of these executive actions will start to address the epidemic of gun violence that has raged throughout the pandemic, and begin to make good on President Biden's promise to be the strongest gun safety president in history", said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety.

The number of such sales has grown rapidly in recent years, and ghost guns have increasingly been showing up at crime scenes.

Biden backed an assault weapons ban in 1994 when he was a senator.

Biden has called on the Senate to pass House-approved legislation requiring more stringent background checks for all gun sales and transfers and giving the Federal Bureau of Investigation more time to conduct them, but has not taken further steps, to the frustration of gun violence prevention advocates.

The administration official confirmed on Wednesday night that Chipman was selected to enforce gun laws while also respecting Second Amendment rights.

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