Middlesex sheriff at White House as Biden targets ‘ghost gun’ violence

Middlesex sheriff at White House as Biden targets ‘ghost gun’ violence

President Joe Biden announced new efforts to combat gun crime during an event at the White House on Monday. The event was attended by Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. PHOTO COURTESY OF MIDDLESEX SHERIFF PETER J. KOUTOUJIAN BILLERICA — Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian was at the White House on Monday where President Biden spoke about plans to rein in the proliferation of ghost guns, the privately made firearms without serial numbers that are increasingly cropping up in violent crimes across the country. During the event, Biden highlighted the Justice Department’s goal to finalize new regulations to crack down on ghost guns, which without the serial numbers, make them nearly impossible to trace when recovered at crime scenes. Biden promised the new regulations would save lives on Monday, at which time he also announced the nomination of Steve Dettelbach, who served as a U.S. attorney in Ohio from 2009 to 2016, to run the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. “Law enforcement is sounding the alarm,” Biden said of ghost guns, holding one up for cameras to see in the Rose Garden. “Our communities are paying the price.” Koutoujian was among the law enforcement professionals who attended the event. “Today’s announcement of a commonsense approach to crack down on the proliferation of ghost guns will further enhance public safety,” Koutoujian said on Monday. “We must ensure that we prevent individuals who are not legally permitted to own firearms from acquiring kits and components to build these weapons. At […]

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