On Wednesday, April 7, the Biden-Harris administration announced six initial steps to combat the public health crisis of gun violence.
Accordingly, Biden is committed to reducing all forms of gun abuse, including community violence, gun crimes, domestic abuse, and firearm suicide.
Biden reiterated his call for Congress to pass laws aimed at reducing mass shootings.
However, the administration will not wait for Congress to act before taking action to save lives – entirely within the administration’s authority and in accordance with the Second Amendment.
The following six initial steps have been announced by the administration:
- Within 30 days, the Justice Department will release a proposed regulation to help stop the spread of “ghost guns.” Criminals are purchasing kits containing virtually all of the components and instructions for finishing a weapon in as little as 30 minutes and using these weapons to commit crimes, which is becoming a growing issue. Owing to the lack of a serial number, these weapons are often unable to be identified by law enforcement when they show up at crime scenes. To help stop the spread of these weapons, the Justice Department will release a new regulation.
- Within 60 days, the Justice Department will issue a draft rule defining when a product sold as a stabilizing brace essentially converts a pistol into a short-barreled rifle subject to the National Firearms Act’s specifications. The accused gunman in last month’s Boulder tragedy appears to have used a handgun with an arm brace, which can improve the stability and accuracy of a weapon while also allowing it to be concealed.
- Within 60 days, the Justice Department will release model “red flag” legislation for states. Red flag laws empower family members or law enforcement to ask the court for a temporary restraining order prohibiting individuals in distress from possessing weapons if they pose a risk to themselves or others. The President calls for Congress to pass a national “red flag” law, as well as legislation encouraging states to enact their own “red flag” laws. In the meantime, the Justice Department’s recently released model legislation will make it easier for states to enact red flag laws.
- The administration is investing in community violence initiatives that are focused on facts. Community violence approaches are tried-and-true methods of mitigating gun violence in urban areas without resorting to imprisonment. Since murders are at an all-time high in communities around the nation, the Biden-Harris Administration is taking a range of measures to prioritize community violence initiatives.
- The Department of Justice will publish an annual report on weapons trafficking. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Weapons (ATF) released a study in 2000 summarizing information from its investigations into firearms trafficking, which is one way firearms are diverted into the black market and into the hands of dangerous people. After the report’s release, states, local governments, and federal policymakers have used the data to help combat common channels of firearms trafficking. However, there is reason to believe that weapons trafficking mechanisms have changed since 2000, for example, due to the proliferation of “ghost guns” and the advent of online sales. The Justice Department will release a new, detailed report on gun trafficking, as well as periodic reports, to provide lawmakers with the knowledge they need to combat the problem today.
- David Chipman will be nominated by the President to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. The ATF is the primary organization in charge of implementing our gun laws, and it requires a confirmed director to do its job effectively. However, since 2015, ATF has been without a confirmed manager. Chipman spent 25 years at the ATF and now works to promote commonsense gun control legislation.
Before the Biden-Harris administration announced six initial actions, the GOP Arizona governor signed a bill that would not require constituents to comply with new national gun laws.
Gov. Doug Ducey refused to violate the U.S. Constitution, even if it means relieving state police of their obligation to enforce federal firearm laws that allegedly deny Arizonans their Second Amendment right.
Ducey recently enacted the 2nd Amendment Firearm Freedom Act, which declares the Grand Canyon State a sovereign authority that upholds the “right of the people to keep and bear arms.”
“Pursuant to the sovereign authority of this state and article II, seven section three, Constitution of Arizona: an Act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the U.S. Government that violates Amendment II of the Constitution of the United States is null, void, and unenforceable in this state,” the bill read.
The governor is also banning state police and sheriffs from cooperating with federal authorities that intend to confiscate weapons, financially penalize, or even detain Arizonans because they own certain firearms.
“This state and all political subdivisions of this state are prohibited from using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with any Act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the U.S. Government that violates Amendment II of the Constitution of the United States,” the bill said.
A variety of GOP state lawmakers introduced the legislation, including Sen. Sonny Borrelli and representatives Leo Biasiucci, Walter Blackman, Frank Carroll, Joseph Chaplik, Regina Cobb, Tim Dunn, Mark Finchem, Jake Hoffman, John Kavanagh, Quang Nguyen, Jacqueline Parker, Kevin Payne, Beverly Pingerelli, Bret Roberts, Ben Toma, and Justin Wilmeth.