WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced several firearm-related executive actions on Thursday, the most significant of which is expanded background check requirements for “ghost guns” and pistol braces.
The executive actions—which President Biden called “just a start”—are the latest efforts by the Biden administration to increase gun control efforts. It’s important to note, however, that some of the proposed actions (like the pistol brace rule) should be expected within the next two months.
What The Actions Include
Here’s are some of the highlights of the major firearm-related executive actions announced by President Biden:
- Ghost guns: Proposed rule “curbing the proliferation” of so-called “ghost guns” and requiring background checks. Ghost gun kits would be treated as firearms as well. (If you aren’t familiar with them, “ghost guns” are any firearms that lack serial numbers.)
- Pistol braces: The government would consider any gun that utilizes a pistol brace to be a “short-barreled rifle” and would also require background checks. (This is a proposed rule that should be expected within the next 60 days.)
- “Red flag” legislation: Family members and police officers can petition to remove a firearm from people who “may present a danger.”
What Happens Next?
We’ll continue to monitor new legislation that impacts your gun rights and keep you updated. Other gun-control measures in the news recently include bills that would ban “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines, as well as bills that require background checks for all firearms. There’s also a plan to expand the definition of a firearm “frame or receiver.”
What are your thoughts on recent gun control legislation initiated by this administration? Let us know (politely) in the comments below!