AUSTIN, Texas — After communities from Atlanta, to Boulder, to Bryan, Texas, have suffered mass shootings in the last month, President Biden is taking action to address the nation’s gun violence epidemic with an executive order issued Thursday that puts new rules on firearms assembled at home — often called “ghost guns” since they lack serial numbers and are difficult to track. Ghost guns also make it incredibly easy to illegally divert deadly weapons to people who are not eligible to own firearms.
President Biden has long been a champion of gun control initiatives. As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he helped pass a 10-year ban on military-style rifles and other high-capacity weapons as part of the 1994 crime bill he sponsored. That was the last time Congress passed any meaningful legislation to address the gun violence epidemic.
As part of his new executive order, President Biden is directing the Department of Justice (DOJ) to issue a report on gun trafficking while also directing several agencies to allocate more money for violence intervention programs. Furthermore, Biden is directing the DOJ to create a template to help states enact “red flag” laws that allow judges to seize firearms from people who have been deemed a threat to themselves or others, and tasks the department with creating a new rule regulating a device marketed as a stabilizing brace that can be placed on a pistol to turn it into a short-barreled rifle.
Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa issued a statement:
“We have witnessed, as if on an infinite loop, years of senseless killings across America, including the mass murder of innocent school children, Sunday morning churchgoers, and too many others to count. Americans on both sides agree that something must change.
“Joe Biden is being the leader he was elected to be. He has the will and the courage to act on the gun violence epidemic afflicting our country. As Texas Democrats, we stand with our president to say, not one more needless death — not in Texas, not anywhere.”