Biden Announces Restrictions on Ghost Guns, Nominates ATF Director

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President Joe Biden announced new executive actions Monday restricting ghost guns and has made another nomination for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it has submitted to the Federal Register Monday a final rule on ghost guns—unregistered firearms that can be built using a kit ordered online.

Biden’s rule will require kits that can be used to build a gun to be registered as such. It also includes an effort to serialize ghost guns already in circulation. Additionally, Biden’s order will update serialization and background check laws for guns with split receivers and require firearms dealers to retain records for as long as their business is open.

“The NRA (National Rifle Association) calls this rule I’m about to announce extreme, extreme,” Biden said in a Rose Garden address. “But let me ask you, is it extreme to protect police officers? Extreme to protect our children? Extreme to keep guns out of the hands of people who couldn’t even pass a background check?

“The idea that someone on a terrorist list could purchase one of these guns.”

The rule “isn’t extreme,” he said. “It’s just basic common sense.”

The new rule, as Biden noted, is coming under criticism from Republicans and Second Amendment advocates.

“Today, President Biden chose once again to appease the far-left over enforcing border security or policies that would restore fiscal responsibility,” Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) told The Epoch Times in an email.

“The Constitution does not authorize the federal government to prevent you from making your own firearm. This a fact that has been recognized for 200+ years. Also, Article 1, Section 1 (literally the first operative sentence in the Constitution) says Congress makes law, not POTUS!” Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) posted on Twitter Sunday.

By Nick Ciolino and John Haughey

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