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", not now regulated as firearms requiring background checks.
The Hill reported that "his nomination is expected to be welcomed by gun safety advocates and comes as Biden is preparing a series of executive actions on guns". "Other executive actions remain unclear". The official spoke under ground rules that don't allow identification by name. Ghost guns have increasingly turned up at crime scenes and in recent years have been turning up more and more when federal agents are purchasing guns in undercover operations from gang members and other criminals. The kits are not classified as firearms, which means a person can buy them without a background check and they can be sold without the identification stamps required for guns. "He is soft on crime, but infringes on the rights of law-abiding citizens".
The DOJ is expected to require background checks on "ghost guns", which are guns that lack proper serial numbers.
The administration has been working on gun control measures for months that would limit gun violence without starting a legal battle that could lead to courts quickly dismantling the policies.More news: Newsom says California will 'fully reopen' on June 15
Chipman and a White House spokesman both declined to comment. It is now run by Acting Director Regina Lombardo.
The first steps of the Biden administration to address gun violence have prompted criticism from the National Rifle Association, which labeled the measures "extreme gun control actions".
Biden backed an assault weapons ban in 1994 when he was a senator. The outlet added that "Chipman is a gun owner himself".
Besides being a part of Giffords, Chipman has a long history with the ATF.More news: Peel Region schools move classes online
Since 2006, when Congress directed that the head of ATF be subject to Senate confirmation, the NRA and other gun-rights groups have consistently worked to block nominees. The last head of the bureau to be confirmed was B. Todd Jones in 2013. Republicans have blocked significant gun control laws in the past.
"The president will not wait for Congress to act before the administration takes our own steps, fully within the administration's authority and the Second Amendment, to save lives", she said.
Gun control is a divisive issue in the United States, which has experienced a significant number of deadly mass shootings at schools and other public venues for decades.
Jennifer Cunningham (L) and Zileen Kieran-Johnson hold each other during a moment of silence at the Colorado State Capitol during a discussion on gun violence in the wake of the Boulder shooting that took place on Monday at King Soopers, leaving ten dead, Denver Colorado, U.S. March 28, 2021.More news: BC health officials report 1,889 new COVID-19 cases since Saturday
The president will detail several initiatives to be achieved through a mix of executive and legislative action, the official told reporters.