House Judiciary GOP seeks to strike Biden ‘ghost guns’ rule

House Judiciary GOP seeks to strike Biden 'ghost guns' rule

House Judiciary Committee Republicans are pressuring the Biden administration to abandon its plans to regulate so-called ghost guns. A May rule from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (AFT) expands the definition of a firearm to include weapons that can be assembled at home, allowing those barred from owning a firearm to skirt background checks. The assembly kits’ parts also lack a serial number, making it difficult to trace guns that have been used in crimes. “ATF’s rule appears to be a deliberate attempt to usurp the authority of Congress,” lawmakers wrote in a letter obtained by The Hill and spearheaded by Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), adding that the rule “unconstitutionally infringed on American citizens’ fundamental Second Amendment rights.” The proposed rule would expand what qualifies as a firearm, and those selling firearm kits would be required to perform background checks before sales. Manufacturers and firearm dealers would also be required to “have a serial number added to 3D printed guns or other un-serialized firearms they take into inventory.” “Criminals and others barred from owning a gun should not be able to exploit a loophole to evade background checks and to escape detection by law enforcement. This proposed rule would help keep guns out of the wrong hands and make it easier for law enforcement to trace guns used to commit violent crimes, while protecting the rights of law-abiding Americans,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said when it was first proposed in […]

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