The moves come as gun violence and crime have increased in the United States, putting pressure on the White House to take action. Biden was expected to address new steps on guns at a public event Monday afternoon, according to people who received invitations.
The White House declined to comment on the new steps, which were described by three people familiar with the matter who are not authorized to speak publicly. Dettelbach did not respond to a request for comment.
The New York Democrat on Sunday blamed Republicans for delaying gun reform legislation, while pressing the Biden administration to go further. “Today I am calling on the administration to go after ghost guns, by enacting regulations that stop them. The federal government has the ability through regulation to stop these phantom guns,” he said.
Following a 2021 directive from the Biden administration, the ATF proposed a rule in May of last year to allow the bureau to classify the basic components that often make up ghost weapons as firearms. The rule has been making its way through the federal regulatory process ever since.
The ATF rule addresses a key issue in ghost gun tracking and regulation because certain frames and receivers used to assemble the guns are often purchased online and are not classified as firearms by the bureau.
The rule would also require manufacturers selling parts to assemble ghost guns to obtain a license and conduct background checks on potential buyers of the kits used to assemble the products.
The Justice Department also launched a national ghost gun enforcement initiative, which will “train a national cadre of prosecutors and disseminate investigative and prosecutorial tools to help bring cases against those who use ghost weapons to commit crimes,” according to the House. White.
Ghost pistols have been used in multiple recent shootings, including at a Maryland high school in January. The exact number in circulation is unknown, given the inability of regulators to track them.
Multiple states have moved to restrict their sale as ghost guns become more common at crime scenes.
Last week, Maryland joined Washington, DC, and 10 other states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington) in banning or restricting the purchase or use of guns. ghost. , which are often purchased online and assembled at home.
Chipman, a former career ATF official, came under scrutiny from gun rights supporters and the National Rifle Association for his work as a senior adviser to Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords, the organization started by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot at an event in his Arizona district in 201
Dettelbach ran unsuccessfully for Ohio’s attorney general in 2018 after serving as a federal prosecutor in the state.
CNN’s Evan Perez contributed to this report.