On Monday, US President Joe Biden announced his government’s efforts to regulate so-called ghost guns, including banning the production of kits that consumers can assemble to create a gun that lacks a serial number, making it untraceable. Gun organizations promised to fight the rule.
“Law enforcement is ringing the alarm,” Biden said at a White House event while holding a ghost gun. “Our communities are paying the price.”
“A year ago this week, when I was standing here with many of you, I instructed the Attorney General to write a regulation that would curb the spread of a ghost gun because I was having trouble getting anything passed in Congress,” Biden said.
The new rule from the Ministry of Justice will require that the set contain serial numbers that law enforcement can use to monitor weapons used in crime, that sellers have a federal license and that a background check is carried out on buyers.
Every store that gets the current ghost gun must also give it a serial number.
The second part of the new rule deals with guns that are made with a split receiver to ensure that they are subject to regulations that require serial numbers and background checks. The receiver is a part of a gun that other parts, such as a gel and a lighter, attach to.
Another part is that gun dealers, who were previously allowed to delete most files after 20 years, now keep the information until they close their businesses. A store that closes will then transfer the data to the Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, known as ATF.
The Ministry of Justice says that in 2021, law enforcement agencies reported 20,000 suspected ghost guns found during a criminal investigation, 10 times more than in 2016.
Gun Owners of America, an organization that fights for gun rights, promised that they would immediately fight against the rule.
“Just as we opposed the Trump administration’s arbitrary ban on stocks, the GOA will also sue ATF Biden to stop the implementation of this rule,” Aidan Johnston, the group’s secretary general, said in a statement. The group believes that the rule violates the US Constitution and some federal laws.
But the gun safety group Everytown said the new rules were necessary.
“Ghostguns look like guns. They shoot like guns and kill like guns. But so far they have not been controlled like guns,” said John Feinblatt, chairman of the organization.
At the event, Biden also formally announced his selection of Steve Dettelbach as CEO of ATF, a position that requires confirmation from the Senate.
Biden’s first choice for office, gun spokesman David Chipman, withdrew from the debate in the face of opposition from both Democrats and Republicans.
Some information in this report comes from the Associated Press.
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