Following mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado, President Joe Biden will unveil a half dozen executive orders Thursday aiming to curb gun violence and shady gun transfers, following up on a campaign promise, USA Today reports.
Among the rules relating to guns and gun violence:
- Having the Department of Justice format regulations for “ghost guns,” weapons that are constructed by owners either through kits or through parts bought separately on the internet;
- Regulating, under the National Firearms Act, a firearms accessory that acts as a brace for a handgun so it can operate like a rifle, similar to the one used by the Boulder shooter;
- Providing guidelines to states for “red flags” laws that would allow people report friends, relatives to report to law enforcement individuals who are too unstable, through mental health issues or stress, to possess a weapon without being fearful they would hurt themselves or others; and
- Preparing a new comprehensive report on illegal weapons trafficking; the last report was prepared in 2000.
Biden is also expected to nominate David Chipman as the director of the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the first time the agency will have an appointee in the position since 2015.