Biden to unveil actions on guns, including new ATF boss

U.S. President Joe Biden departs the room after speaking about jobs and the economy at the White House in Washington U.S

White House Announces Six'Initial Actions to Address the Gun Violence REUTERS KEVIN LAMARQUE

In addition to relatively modest measures on the politically hyper-sensitive issue, Biden will announce his nomination of David Chipman, a gun-control proponent, to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - a central agency in the fight against gun violence.

The president will also highlight the steps his administration is taking to invest in community violence interventions and call on the DOJ to issue a firearms trafficking report.

Recent mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado have put pressure on the White House to act on its own.

The National Rifle Association, the biggest gun rights lobby group in the U.S., described the measures as "extreme" and said it was ready to fight.

Chipman, Biden's ATF pick, now serves as senior policy adviser at Giffords, the gun control advocacy group led by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.

The actions will "begin to make good on President Biden's promise to be the strongest gun safety president in history", John Feinblatt, the head of Everytown for Gun Safety, said in a statement.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has said more than 30% of the illegal weapons it has confiscated in some areas of California are "ghost guns" but they are not now regulated as firearms that require background checks.

Biden will be joined by Attorney General Merrick Garland at the event, and most of the actions will come from the Justice Department.

An official told Reuters news agency that this was just the first step in tackling gun violence and that Mr Biden would continue to advocate for gun legislation.

Gun control issue remains controversial in the nation, with those advocating gun rights referring to the Second Amendment of the US Constitution that states: "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed".

Since Jones stepped down in 2015, the ATF has had only acting directors.

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 House has passed piecemeal reform bills largely along party lines, but they have not been taken up in the Senate. The outlet added that "Chipman is a gun owner himself".

After the Boulder shooting, Biden called for Congress to take action to ban military-style assault weapons.

This new decree from an administration already infamous for both its disdain for American gun owners and its willingness to skirt the legislative process, could seek to force law-abiding firearm parts and non-firearm objects to be subject to federal firearms laws, and buyers of these parts to be treated as firearm purchasers. These guns do not have commercial serial numbers and are hard to track.

The critical component in building an untraceable gun is what is known as the lower receiver, a part typically made of metal or polymer. And in 2019, a teenager used a homemade handgun to fatally shoot two classmates and wound three others at a school in suburban Los Angeles.

While Psaki wouldn't give us a preview, Politico's sources were more specific about Biden's intentions.

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