President Biden announces new rules to tackle “ghost gun” violence in the US
According to the White House, a number of “ghost guns” – weapons that can be purchased as kits to be assembled at home and do not have federal government tracking serial numbers – were recovered at the crime scenes above. more and more throughout the United States.
“Law enforcement is sounding the alarm”President Biden told reporters at the White House about the situation of “ghost guns”. “Our communities are suffering (this problem)”.
Mr. Biden pledged that the new regulations would save lives, and announced the nomination of Steve Dettlebach, a former US attorney for the state of Ohio who runs the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
In 2021, US law enforcement agencies reported that they had recovered about 20,000 “ghost guns” for the ATF. This figure represents a 10-fold increase compared to 2016.
“This is the weapon that criminals often choose”an unnamed US government official told reporters.
Under a new rule by the US Department of Justice, manufacturers of certain types of “ghost gun” kits will be subject to the same restrictions as gun manufacturers under the Act. gun control. Accordingly, manufacturers of “ghost gun” kits are required to obtain a federal license and include serial numbers on key components of the weapon.
US President Joe Biden. (Photo: AP)
The regulation would also require federally licensed dealers and those who repair, modify, design, or build firearms to “register the serial” of the firearm with federal authorities prior to sale/delivery to customers. row.
The new rule would seek to close loopholes to ensure that all firearms must be registered with the federal government, even those whose key components are sold separately.
Meanwhile, regulations require firearms dealers to withhold key documents until they stop doing business. Previously, they were allowed to destroy most records after 20 years.
Gun owners in the United States immediately opposed the regulation, believing that the new regulation violated the US Constitution and some federal laws.
However, advocacy groups gun safetyincluding Everytown for Gun Safety, which has pushed the US federal government to take action on the “ghost gun” problem for many years, welcomed President Biden’s move and confirmed the appointment of Mr. Completed regulation will help combat gun violence in this country.
John Feinblatt, President of Everytown for Gun Safety, said: “Ghost guns look like a gun, they shoot like a gun and kill like a gun, but so far they haven’t been regulated like a gun. gun”.
President Biden has called on the US Justice Department to issue rules related to cracking down on “ghost guns” by April 2021 after a series of mass shootings, which have become common in the US for decades. recently. Mr. Biden has urged Congress to pass gun control measures at the federal level, but the US president has faced an uphill battle over the tense political issue.
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