WASHINGTON – President Biden is expected to unveil a series of executive actions addressing gun violence on Thursday that killed 18 people in a massive shootout several weeks later and dealing with multiple laws Had put the issue of gun legislation at the forefront of the administration.
Officials said Mr. Biden has also been told that he would announce his intention to nominate gun control advocate David Chipman, who would head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The bureau has not had a permanent director since 2015.
Mr. Biden has been pressured to address gun violence, but it is clear that it is not possible to advance legislation through the blockade of the Republican opposition. Officials reiterated on Wednesday that the president had given Merrick b. Garland, with the Attorney General planned to unveil, was only a start and the president would continue to call Congress to take action.
On Thursday, the Justice Department will announce three initiatives to fight gun violence.
One rule would help prevent the spread of so-called ghost guns – kits that allow the gun to be assembled to pieces. White House officials would not reveal whether the administration ultimately intends to classify ghost guns as firearms, only that the department was trying to prevent criminals from purchasing the kit with all components and instructions.
A second rule would make it clear that when an instrument marketed as a static brace turns a pistol into a short-barrel rifle, that weapon is subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act. Officials said the gunman in Boulder, Colo., Used a pistol with an arm brace last month, making it more stable and accurate.
Finally, the Department of Justice will also publish model “red flag” legislation for the states. The measure will allow police officers and family members to petition the court to temporarily remove firearms from people who may present a danger to themselves or others. While Mr. Biden cannot pass a national red flag law without Congress, officials said the goal of the guidance was to make it easier for states that now want to adopt it to do so. The department also plans to issue a comprehensive report on firearms trafficking, which it has not done since 2000.
Mr. Biden’s jobs plan calls for Congress to invest $ 5 billion over eight years to support evidence-based community violence intervention programs. Officials would not say whether they planned to try to raise the budget for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a move gun control advocates pressed.
With the possibility of any gun legislation being passed by Congress, the White House underscored the importance of executive actions as a more realistic starting point to deliver on Mr. Biden’s campaign promises to end gun violence is. Director of Domestic Policy Council Susan E. Rice has served as the point of view of administration on upcoming executive functions.
Nevertheless, gun control groups supporting Mr Biden’s candidacy criticized the president for not making gun legislation a top priority, as he had promised on the campaign trail.
For others, Mr. Biden’s decision to pursue his ambitious jobs and infrastructure plan – even after two large-scale firings – represented a more pragmatic approach by the president dealing with multiple crises and for gun control measures. Republicans protested.
The House passed two gun control bills last month, but they are sluggish in the Senate in front of the Chamber’s 60-vote threshold to pass most legislation that require the support of at least 10 Republicans.
Officials who previewed Mr Biden’s first moves to curb gun violence on Wednesday insisted they were merely an “initial set of actions” to lower expectations for Meteor or focus on more specific initiatives Giving that Mr. Garland has been Attorney General for less than a month.
Shannon Watts, founder of the gun control advocacy group Moms Demand Action, said, “These much-needed executive actions will start saving lives from now on.” As he urges the Senate to follow his leadership and work. “