The moves come as gun violence and crime have risen in the United States, putting pressure on the White House to act. Biden was expected to address new steps on guns at a public event on Monday afternoon, according to people who received invitations.
The White House declined to comment on the new steps, which were outlined by three people familiar with the matter who are not authorized to speak publicly. Dettelbach did not respond to a request for comment.
The New York Democrat on Sunday accused Republicans of delaying gun reform legislation, while urging the Biden administration to go further. “Today, I call on the administration to crack down on ghost weapons, by enacting regulations that will stop them. The federal government has the ability, through regulation, to stop these ghost weapons,” did he declare.
Following a 2021 directive from the Biden administration, the ATF proposed a rule in May last year to allow the bureau to classify the constituent parts that often make up ghost guns as firearms. Since then, the rule has worked its way through the federal regulatory process.
The ATF rule addresses a key problem in shadow gun tracking and regulation, as some frames and receivers used to assemble the guns are often purchased online and not classified as firearms by the bureau.
The rule would also require manufacturers who sell parts to assemble ghost guns to be licensed and conduct background checks on potential buyers of the kits used to assemble the products.
The Department of Justice has also launched a National Ghost Weapons Initiative, which will “train a national cadre of prosecutors and disseminate investigative and prosecutorial tools to help prosecute those who use ghost weapons to commit crimes,” according to the White House.
Ghost guns have been used in several recent shootings, including at a Maryland high school in January. The exact number in circulation is unknowable, given the inability of regulators to track them.
Several states have moved to restrict their sale as ghost guns become more common at crime scenes.
Last week, Maryland joined Washington, DC and 10 other states – California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington – in banning or restricting the purchase or use phantom weapons. , which are often purchased online and assembled at home.
Chipman, a former career manager at the ATF, has come under scrutiny from gun rights advocates and the National Rifle Association for his work as Everytown’s senior adviser. for Gun Safety and Giffords – the organization started by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot during an event in her district of Arizona in 201
Dettelbach unsuccessfully ran for Ohio attorney general in 2018 after serving as a U.S. attorney in the state.
CNN’s Evan Perez contributed to this report.