US President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland will make a public statement today on how the problem of gun violence in America can be addressed.
The White House released some details of the president’s plan before the public address. Biden calls the problem of gun violence an “American public health epidemic.”
One of the proposals put forward by the Department of Justice is to ban the so-called “ghost weapons”. This is a firearm that does not have serial numbers. When a crime is committed using them, law enforcement is prevented from conducting an investigation.
The Department of Justice also plans to propose so-called “red flag” laws to Congress. Under these laws, family members or law enforcement can ask the court to temporarily ban a person from buying or owning a weapon because it could pose a threat to themselves or others.
Biden also plans to nominate David Chipman as head of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Weapons and Explosives. Chipman is a 25-year-old professional who was involved in the 9/11 attacks and the 1990 Oklahoma bombings.
Republican leaders in Congress have already responded to Biden’s initiative. According to Kevin McCarthy, a minority leader in the House of Representatives, Biden’s move “squanders” the constitutional right that allows every citizen to own a weapon.
“He fights crime with soft methods, but restricts the rights of law-abiding people. I will not support this. Other Republicans will not support this either. Follow the Constitution! ”Wrote McCarthy.