President Biden is set Thursday to announce a series of executive actions on gun control expected to address the issue of homemade guns knows as “ghost guns” firearms and strengthen so-called “red flag” laws that allow police or family members to ask a court to order the temporary remove guns from a person they say presents a danger to themself and others.
The Democratic president will make the announcement in a Rose Garden event in which he also is expected to nominate a new director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Attorney General Merrick Garland is expected to join Biden at the event, according to the Associated Press.
“Each of these executive actions will start to address the epidemic of gun violence that has raged throughout the pandemic, and begin to make good on President Biden’s promise to be the strongest gun safety president in history,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety.
Biden is also expected to announce that Justice Department will issue a program within 60 days to tighten regulations around a certain pistol stabalization brace, which efectivley turns a pistol into a short-barreled riffle. One of these was recently used during the mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado last month.
Biden’s choice to lead the ATF is expected to be David Chipman, a former federal agent and who now serves as an adviser to the gun control group Giffords.
This will be Biden’s first major move on gun control since winning the presidency.