Measures to limit the spread of firearms weapons in the United States will be presented today by President Joe Biden.
The Democratic president will announce six measures “to tackle the health epidemic associated with gun violence,” said a White House official, who asked not to be named. These include a new regulation aimed at “stopping the spread of ghost weapons”, which are made in an amateur way and do not have a serial number.
The president also wants to further strengthen the services involved in the fight against violence and to call for the first comprehensive report on firearms smuggling in the United States since 2000.
On the other hand, no major measures are expected to be announced to tighten gun legislation, such as strengthening control over the history of buyers or banning the sale of rifles often used in mass murder.
The White House official stressed that these measures, which Biden is going to present together with the Minister of Justice Merrick Garland, are not only in the “first” stages, reports the APE-MPE, citing AFP.
A pre-election promise
THE Joe Biden will also announce the appointment of David Chipman, a supporter of firearms reduction, head of the Fire, Explosives, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Agency (ATF), which is crucial in the fight against with firearms.
Indicative of the fact that political unity is absent in this hypersensitive issue is that the ATF does not have a director since 2015 whose appointment has been ratified by the Senate.
Joe Biden, who has long advocated a better legislative framework for gun ownership, promised during his campaign that he would take action on that front. A series of mass killings in recent weeks has increased the pressure to take action.
In 2020 in the United States, firearms claimed the lives of more than 43,000 people, including suicides, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The latter recorded 611 “massive attacks with firearms” – each of which had at least four casualties – compared to 417 last year.
As of January 1, more than 4,000 people have already been killed by gunfire.