Analysis: Biden White House tries to craft gun executive orders that can’t be undone

Analysis: Biden White House tries to craft gun executive orders that can't be undone

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is trying to craft a series of executive actions for President Joe Biden to sign to try to limit gun violence, hoping they cannot be quickly dismantled in court, according to aides and gun safety groups. U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the mass shooting in Colorado from the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 23, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Among the measures being considered – and strongly encouraged by activists – is one directing the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reinterpret existing law on untraceable “ghost guns.” So-called "ghost gun" kits are self-assembled from parts purchased online or at gun shows and are increasingly associated with crimes . But they are not classified as firearms and so can be legally sold without serial numbers or background checks. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has said more than 30% of the illegal weapons it has confiscated in some areas of California are ghost guns. Changing the designation of such weapons would likely set off an instant legal challenge, as have other attempts to limit gun ownership in recent years, for instance former President Donald Trump’s December 2018 ban on “bump stocks.” Two top White House aides, Cedric Richmond and Susan Rice, held a series of meetings early in the Biden administration to begin soliciting views on gun violence policy from safety activists and community leaders. Justice Department officials have met with the gun industry. Among […]

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