Biden's planned pick for ATF director a fierce advocate for gun control

U.S. President Joe Biden departs the room after speaking about jobs and the economy at the White House in Washington U.S

And it will begin to provide more data on firearms trafficking, starting with a new comprehensive report on the issue, which the Biden administration says it hasn't done in over two decades.

While Psaki wouldn't give us a preview, Politico's sources were more specific about Biden's intentions.

Biden pledged to address gun violence during his presidential campaign, vowing to "get weapons of war off our streets", "hold gun manufacturers accountable" and "reduce stockpiling of weapons".

President Biden will announce gun control measures on Thursday that an administration official described as an initial set of actions aimed at addressing all forms of gun violence. Gun-control advocates have emphasized the significance of the ATF director in enforcing the nation's gun laws, and Chipman is certain to win praise from them.

Some states, like California, have enacted laws in recent years to require serial numbers be stamped on ghost guns.

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" but they are not now regulated as firearms that require background checks. According to the statement, "community violence interventions are proven strategies for reducing gun violence in urban communities through tools other than incarceration".

The ATF is now run by Acting Director Regina Lombardo.

Chipman, Biden's ATF pick, now serves as senior policy adviser at Giffords, the gun control advocacy group led by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. "In particular, ghost guns allow anyone, anywhere to easily obtain an untraceable firearm, and the Biden administration's decision to treat them like the deadly weapons they are will undoubtedly save countless lives".


We will take whatever actions are necessary, possible, and prudent to protect the rights and liberty of law-abiding gun owners and our members against illogical, immoral and unconstitutional laws, government agencies and policies, such as we did in the case of former President Trump's bumpstock ban.

Chipman's extensive contacts with the groups that advocate greater regulation of firearms could assuage some of the complaints that the administration has been slow to move on gun issues.

"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", the official said.

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".

"When you disarm law-abiding citizens, you make them more likely to be victims", he said.

Asked about gun control, immigration and other issues, Biden said that "the most urgent problem" was the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic dislocation it had caused. Republicans have blocked significant gun control laws in the past.

The president will detail several initiatives to be achieved through a mix of executive and legislative action, the official told reporters.

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