President Biden Signs New Executive Order Aimed At Reducing Gun Violence
On Monday, President Biden signs new executive order aimed at reducing gun violence in the United States. The order includes several measures designed to strengthen background checks, regulate "ghost guns," and support community violence prevention programs.
President Biden visited this community on Tuesday, which is still in mourning over the mass murder of 11 people earlier this year, to announce an executive order increasing the number of background checks for gun sales.
However, he acknowledged that this action falls short of what Congress could accomplish.
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Strengthening Background Checks
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The executive order directs the Department of Justice to issue a proposed rule to stop the proliferation of "ghost guns," which are untraceable firearms that can be assembled from parts bought online.
Nevertheless, the president's ability to move beyond the bipartisan measure approved by House this summer, the most comprehensive gun violence legislation in decades, is restricted.
It followed the murders of 10 consumers at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, and 19 kids and two instructors at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, the previous year.
Too many lives have been taken by gun violence. But he believes we need to do more. You'll hear him call on Congress to take action and not to stop ... that we need to continue.
- White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre
The order also calls for the Justice Department to issue a proposed rule to clarify when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace effectively turns a pistol into a short-barreled rifle subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act.
The order also strengthens background checks for firearms by directing the FBI to enhance the information it shares with state and local law enforcement agencies.
Supporting Community Violence Prevention Programs
The executive order establishes a community violence intervention collaborative, which will coordinate efforts across the federal government to support evidence-based community violence prevention programs.
The order also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to issue a proposed rule to make clear that people who suffer from mental illness and who are prohibited from owning firearms are reported to the background check system.
President Biden's executive order today is a home run for public safety. This is the latest example of President Biden's leadership on gun safety, and we're proud to stand with him as he takes robust action to help close the gun-seller loophole - - which will significantly expand background checks on gun sales, keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous people and save lives.
- John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety
Red-flag laws, also known as extreme risk protection orders, are designed to temporarily remove firearms from people with potentially violent behavior and prevent them from harming themselves or others, and Biden will direct his Cabinet to make sure law enforcement agencies understand the benefits of the new law.
Response From Gun Advocacy Groups
Gun advocacy groups, such as the National Rifle Association, have criticized the executive order, saying it is an attack on the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Supporters of the executive order, including gun violence prevention groups and some lawmakers, argue that it is a necessary step to reduce gun violence and protect public safety.
The new executive order signed by President Biden aims to reduce gun violence in the United States through several measures, including strengthening background checks and regulating "ghost guns."
The order also supports community violence prevention programs and directs federal agencies to coordinate their efforts to address the issue.
The order has received criticism from gun advocacy groups, but supporters argue that it is a necessary step to protect public safety and reduce gun violence in the United States.
It remains to be seen how effective the new measures will be in addressing the ongoing issue of gun violence in the country.