White House Cracks Down on Ghost Guns

United States President Joe Biden announced on April 11 a new regulation to contain homemade guns known as “ghost guns” to address a national crisis of gun violence.

At a press conference in the White House Rose Garden, Biden announced that the Justice Department has issued the “Frame or Receiver” Final Rule to control the proliferation of “ghost guns” — unregulated, untraceable firearms made from kits.

According to a statement from the White House, law enforcement recovered about 20,000 suspected ghost guns in criminal investigations — a ten-fold increase from 2016.

“These guns are the weapons of choice for many criminals. We are going to do everything we can to deprive them of that choice,” Biden said.

The new rule would require makers of gun kits to include a serial number on the kits and for sellers to run background checks for purchase, similar to the standard used in other commercially-made firearms.

The rule would also require federal firearms licensees to retain key records to better support tracing efforts.

The rule will go into effect 120 days after its publication in the Federal Register, according to the Justice Department.

Biden also announced that he has nominated former U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

“His leadership and his record of innovation in fighting crime and violence make him ready from day one to aggressively and creatively address these pressing issues at the Director of ATF,” a statement from the White House said.

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