FAST FIVE: Biden Admin Announces Plans To Curb 'Ghost Guns', Push 'Red Flag' Legislation
Three other actions announced by the administration are: investment in “community violence interventions” that is meant to curb the spike in murders and shootings seen last year; starting the issuance of an annual report on firearms trafficking; and the nomination of David Chipman, a former adviser to the gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety and a current adviser at Giffords, an organization that says it works to stop gun violence, as the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF).
(Andrew Harnik/AP Photo) Biden is still urging Congress to pass legislation to reduce gun violence, the administration said, but he and other officials “will not wait for Congress to act to take its own steps-fully within the Administration's authority and the Second Amendment-to save lives.” Biden told a press conference after the Boulder shooting last month that Congress should ban so-called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, referring to a bill he helped pass as a senator in 1994 that did just that for 10 years.
(David Zalubowski/AP Photo) Democrats quickly praised the Biden administration's actions on guns, including the planned nomination of Chipman.
Lateif Dickerson handles some of his rifles at his gun instruction headquarters in Jersey City, N.J., on March 25, 2021.
Republicans and groups who say they fight to protect Second Amendment rights said they opposed what the Biden administration is doing.