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  1. KENNEDY63

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    Biden to Unveil Gun Restrictions Including ‘Ghost Guns’ Measures
    Facing pressure to act, president will nominate a top gun-control advocate to head Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

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    Updated April 7, 2021 8:43 pm ET

    President Biden plans to unveil new gun restrictions, including on untraceable weapons known as ghost guns that can be made from parts purchased online, and will nominate a top gun-control advocate to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, officials said.

    Facing pressure from Democrats and gun-control groups to act during a spate of mass shootings, Mr. Biden will issue executive orders and directives to federal agencies Thursday, administration officials said. The president is expected to call for tighter controls on the kind of arm brace used by the shooter who killed 10 people last month in Boulder, Colo. A brace makes a firearm more stable and accurate.

    Mr. Biden intends to nominate David Chipman, a top policy adviser to the gun-control organization Giffords, to head the ATF, a Biden administration official said Wednesday in a call with reporters. Mr. Chipman spent 25 years as an ATF agent and oversaw the bureau’s firearms programs, among other roles. Giffords is led by former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in 2011 along with 18 others in a Tucson-area supermarket parking lot. Six people died in the attack.

    A senior Biden administration official characterized the actions as only the initial steps Mr. Biden intends to take, asserting that the moves fell within the administration’s authority while respecting gun ownership. Mr. Biden’s approach is a response to mass shootings but also to the causes of everyday gun violence, which disproportionately affects minority communities, the official said.

    Mr. Biden is scheduled to deliver remarks about gun violence prevention Thursday.

    As a candidate, Mr. Biden promised gun regulations, but his agenda so far has been focused on the Covid-19 pandemic and economic recovery, including his infrastructure plan. He has previously urged Congress to pass legislation banning assault-style weapons and to expand background checks, but gun-control advocates have called on him to elevate the issue and use executive authority.

    Many Democratic gun-control proposals face hurdles in Congress because Republicans say they would do little to address gun violence and would infringe on Second Amendment rights. The National Rifle Association has said it would lobby against federal and state gun-control measures.

    “It will be no surprise to anyone that Joe Biden will undermine gun rights through executive action,” said Amy Hunter, a spokeswoman for the NRA.

    If Mr. Chipman is confirmed by the Senate to lead the ATF, he would be the first permanent director in more than six years. Only one director, Obama nominee B. Todd Jones, has been confirmed in the past 15 years. Mr. Chipman’s nomination would likely attract criticism from some Republicans given his support for tougher gun-control measures.


    Then-President Donald Trump in 2020 withdrew his nominee for the position, Chuck Canterbury, a former top police union official, after Republican senators expressed concern that he would restrict the rights of gun owners.
    The White House will also direct the Justice Department to issue a proposed rule within 30 days aimed at stopping the proliferation of ghost guns, an official said. Additional details weren’t provided Wednesday.

    Homemade ghost guns, which have grown in popularity in recent years, can’t be traced in criminal investigations because they lack serial numbers. Law-enforcement officials say they appeal to criminals because all the parts can be purchased online and assembled without a background check. Gun-rights advocates say that such concerns are overblown and that homemade firearms are the province of hobbyists.

    Last September, a man with a ghost gun shot two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies as they sat in their patrol vehicle. In 2019, a 16-year-old killed two fellow students and wounded three others at Saugus High School in Southern California with a ghost gun.

    About 10,000 ghost guns were recovered by law enforcement in 2019, according to the ATF.

    ATF officials met with gun manufacturers late last month to discuss a possible expansion of the definition of what counts as a firearm, a move that could subject ghost guns to the same regulations as other guns, people who participated in the meeting said.

    The Justice Department has 60 days to propose a new rule that would restrict arm braces that are often used with AR-15-style pistols, which are smaller versions of AR-15-style rifles. The braces are designed to stabilize the pistols, but can also be used like shoulder stocks, effectively transforming them into short-barreled rifles, which are heavily restricted under federal law, according to gun-control advocates.

    The Boulder shooter and the gunman in a 2019 Dayton, Ohio, attack that left nine people dead both used AR-15-style pistols with arm braces.

    Mr. Chipman has called for regulations on such weapons in the past while working with Giffords. “An AR pistol of today is nothing different than the short-barreled rifles that were intended to be regulated just like machine guns,” he said in 2019. “They meet the needs of mass shooters and criminals because they are concealable but have the lethal nature of a rifle.”

    The NRA has opposed any regulations on arm braces, arguing that “what matters under federal law is what the firearm was designed and intended for, not how any individual user might use it.”

    Also Thursday, Mr. Biden is expected to call for investment in community violence intervention programs, and to direct the Justice Department to issue a report on firearms trafficking, officials said.

    The administration will also create model legislation for states that want to adopt so-called red-flag laws that can be used to remove guns from people deemed by a court as dangerous. A number of states have adopted those laws, also called extreme-risk protection orders, but they have been opposed by gun-rights advocates over due-process concerns for the individual whose access to guns could be blocked by court order, as well as whether red-flag laws do enough to address mental-health issues.

    “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,” John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, said in a statement.

    —Ken Thomas and Sadie Gurman contributed to this article.

    Write to Alex Leary at [email protected] and Zusha Elinson at [email protected]

     
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    Question: Is their evidence that if the mental nut job in Boulder didn’t have an stabilizing brace - fewer people would have been shot?
     
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    “will issue a proposed rule to make clear that when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace effectively turns a pistol into a short-barreled rifle, that firearm is subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act.”

    So then if you take a rifle and shorten the stock and shorten the length of the barrel - does that then make it a pistol?
     
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    Part of the magic of government is changing language to change law.

    Govern...rule or control
    Ment mental ...mind
    Government means what?


    Example: when the interstate commerce act was written "regulate" meant something different.
    They slipped that by on us.
     
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    Freaking idiots!!:mad:
     
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    Oh - you mean like how “Child Care” is now “Infrastructure”.
     
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    Only because the narrative has changed from using the term "Social Programs" spending bill, which doesn't have the convincincing ring to it currently.

    Again, taking advantage of the inattentive voters and taxpayers.
     
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    Sorry could not watch it. Two words out of her mouth and I was done.
     
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