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Biden cracks down on 'ghost guns' with new rule to tackle gun violence

World Apr 11, 2022 08:46PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. U.S. President Joe Biden answers a question after signing into law H.R. 3076, the "Postal Service Reform Act of 2022" at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 6, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque 2/2

By Steve Holland and Nandita Bose

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden unveiled a new rule to rein in so-called ghost guns and ban the manufacturing of the untraceable firearms on Monday as the administration faces growing pressure to crack down on gun deaths and violent crime in the United States.

Ghost guns are privately made firearms that are not marked with a serial number and are difficult for law enforcement to trace when used to commit a crime.

The Department of Justice's final rule has been making its way through the federal regulation process for nearly a year and is likely to draw opposition and litigation from gun advocates in the coming weeks.

"These guns are weapons of choice for many criminals," Biden said during an event in the White House Rose Garden. "We're going to do everything we can to deprive them of that choice."

The rule would make it illegal for businesses to manufacture such kits without a serial number and for a licensed gun dealer to sell them without a background check, Biden said.

The rule is part of a series of measures announced by Biden and the Justice Department in April last year to tackle growing gun violence in the United States and curb mass shootings.

In 2021, there were about 20,000 suspected ghost guns reported to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) as having been recovered by law enforcement in criminal investigations – a tenfold increase from 2016, according to statistics shared by the White House.

The Justice Department rule bans unserialized "buy build shoot" kits that individuals can buy online or at a store without a background check and can readily assemble into a working firearm in as little as 30 minutes with equipment they have at home. It also turns some ghost guns already in circulation into serialized firearms.

Gun deaths increased in 2021 over 2020, according to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive.

In 2021 there were 20,726 gun deaths in the United States, not counting suicides by gun, the group reported. This included 693 mass shootings, defined by four or more people being shot, and claimed 702 lives and injured more than 2,800 people, the group reported.

Biden also nominated Steve Dettelbach, a former U.S. attorney from Ohio, to run ATF.

Biden cracks down on 'ghost guns' with new rule to tackle gun violence
 

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gab nea
gab nea Apr 14, 2022 4:03AM ET
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what is the Republican's obsession with guns, but dont serve in the military, are they scared? of what?
John Doe
ForexInsiders Apr 14, 2022 4:03AM ET
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Staling, Lenin, Mao, Hiitler. History is full of tyrants that have disarmed law abiding citizens only to turn around and commit atrocities because of their agenda. Your ignorance shows yet again.
taylor jason
taylor jason Apr 14, 2022 4:03AM ET
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do you even read the articles? or do you just post nonsense? this article has nothing to do with democrats or Republicans or even gun controls. more so about fund manufactured with serial numbers 🤡
John Doe
ForexInsiders Apr 14, 2022 4:03AM ET
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I replied to his comment. There was no need too comment towards the article as the OP's statement didnt require it. Use your common sense and think, what purpose would stating the article do in regards to his comment? smh
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ForexInsiders Apr 14, 2022 4:03AM ET
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Called staying on subject, answering directly, and not deflecting to a different point that has no point in the original comment itself. Learn how to have a proper discussion, and you might have understood before your ignorant comment.
Elezabeth Thomas
Elezabeth Thomas Apr 13, 2022 1:02PM ET
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I don't know who is the bigger psychopath?
John Doe
ForexInsiders Apr 13, 2022 1:02PM ET
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ALL of them. Same bird
John Doe
ForexInsiders Apr 13, 2022 11:23AM ET
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Lol, who would pay those prices when you can get a hot gun from the Mexican border for a couple hundred? This means absolutely nothing, except to restrict law abiding owners. Wont stop the criminals a single bit.
taylor jason
taylor jason Apr 13, 2022 11:23AM ET
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did you even read the article?
John Doe
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Yes. Same statement applies.
gab nea
gab nea Apr 12, 2022 7:21AM ET
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thank you lord for a normal president.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Apr 12, 2022 7:21AM ET
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a common sense gun regulation?  surely the GOP would never allow something so outrageous to happen?
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JJ JJ Apr 12, 2022 5:11AM ET
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have you seen the price of these ghost guns.they would just buy a stolen one for 100
 
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