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US President, Joe Biden, to announce anti-gun violence measures

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Hannah Rogers | 08 April, 2021, 16:41

The president will also announce investments in community violence intervention programs, which are aimed at reducing gun violence in urban communities, across five federal agencies. The Associated Press is reporting that the new appointee could be none other than Giffords gun control advocate and former case agent for the Waco Branch Davidian incident David Chipman.

Biden is expected to announce six actions, according to senior administration officials, including asking the Department of Justice to issue a proposed rule to help stop the rise of so-called "ghost guns" within 30 days. Ghost guns refer to kits that allow the recipient to assemble the firearm using provided parts.

Administration officials hinted there may be more to come from the administration on guns, calling the round of executive actions "initial steps" that were completed under Garland's purview within the first few weeks of his tenure.

"These actions could require law-abiding citizens to surrender lawful property, and push states to expand gun confiscation orders", the NRA tweeted, adding that Biden's nominee for head of the ATF is "a gun control lobbyist" while offering that "@NRA is ready to fight."

"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. According to The Associated Press, he "spent 25 years as an agent at the ATF, where he worked on stopping a trafficking ring that sent illegal firearms from Virginia to NY, and served on the ATF's SWAT team".

Reflecting the lack of political unity around anything to do with firearms restrictions, the ATF has not had a Senate-confirmed director since 2015.

Chipman's extensive contacts with the groups that advocate greater regulation of firearms could assuage some of the complaints that the administration has been slow to move on gun issues.

"The president will not wait for Congress to act before the administration takes our own steps, fully within the administration's authority and the Second Amendment, to save lives", she said.

"The other problems we're talking about, from immigration to guns and the other things you mentioned, are long-term problems; they've been around a long time", he said.

Such attacks spur debate on the divisive issues of gun control in the United States.

Through much of his career, Biden has been active on gun control efforts, often boasting of his role in beating the NRA in legislative battles during the Clinton administration, when he was a senator.

"I don't have anything to preview, but I can convey the president will have more to say tomorrow", said Psaki. Since Biden took office, gun sales have surged, and many Americans have used their stimulus check to purchase more firearms and ammunition.

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