President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday he will sign a series of Executive Orders aimed at scaling back rights protected by the Second Amendment.
“Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing six initial actions to address the gun violence public health epidemic.” the administration announced via a written statement on Wednesday.
The statement also says Biden will announce the nomination of David Chipman as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Chipman is a former ATF agent who currently serves as Senior Policy Advisor for an anti-gun organization named after former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
On his LinkedIn page, Chipman touts himself as a “gun violence prevention expert.” Just prior to the announcement, Chipman’s Twitter page was locked from public view. An announcement appears on the page stating, “Only approved followers can see @davidchipman’s Tweets.” Daily Wire is reporting “well over 1,000 tweets” have been deleted from Chipman’s account.
According to the release, several orders will be signed with the following initial actions:
- The Justice Department, within 30 days, will issue a proposed rule to help stop the proliferation of “ghost guns.”
- The Justice Department, within 60 days, will issue a proposed rule to make clear when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace effectively turns a pistol into a short-barreled rifle subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act.
- The Justice Department, within 60 days, will publish model “red flag” legislation for states.
- The Administration is investing in evidence-based community violence interventions.
- The Justice Department will issue an annual report on firearms trafficking.
The most jarring of the initiatives is the focus of ghost guns and Red Flag Laws.
The term ghost gun refers to firearms assembled by gun enthusiasts, usually available in kits or by buying parts separately.
Red Flag laws have been a recent topic of contention among Second Amendment advocates. Seventeen states have enacted the laws, making it legal to confiscate guns without due process.