Amid growing concern about gun violence and untraceable “ghost guns” that can be 3D-printed at home, President Joe Biden was scheduled Monday to introduce new policy measures on firearms.
According to NBCNEWS, Biden’s announcement will most likely rely on executive orders on gun control, ghost guns and other facets of firearms regulation as part of an approach to rein in the pandemic wave of firearms-related attacks, two people with knowledge of his remarks said.
As part of Monday’s policy rollout, Biden was expected to name a new and long-awaited replacement nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Biden was also expected to announce new steps to make it harder for people to build and acquire so-called ghost guns.
Many big cities have reported recovering increasing numbers of the weapons. They lack serial numbers, which can allow law enforcement agencies to track them and enforce background checks. And they are essentially available in plastic, which can bypass metal detectors.
The president’s proposed fiscal year 2023 budget provided clues about the expected policy rollout, and it may be at least part of its line of funding.
In September, the White House withdrew its last nominee, 25-year ATF veteran David Chipman, following unanimous opposition from Republicans who say they want to protect the right to bear arms.
Chipman is a senior policy adviser at a nonprofit organization, Giffords, named for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who was shot in a 2011 assassination attempt. The organization aims to reduce gun violence and save lives. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., alleged that Chipman was a foe of the Second Amendment.
Gun violence advocates have been furious at the Biden administration for failing to lobby hard enough for Chipman, in their view, and for waiting so long to announce a replacement.
The political wrangling comes amid continued school and workplace shootings and an increase in gun violence in many major cities.