On Tuesday, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to address the nation’s gun violence epidemic. The order is the first step in the president’s plan to reduce gun violence and make the country safer.
The executive order directs the Department of Justice to issue a proposed rule to help stop the proliferation of “ghost guns.” Ghost guns are homemade firearms that lack serial numbers and are untraceable. The proposed rule would require purchasers of kits used to make these guns to undergo background checks.
The order also calls for the Department of Justice to 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 order also directs the Department of Justice to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of “red flag” laws. Red flag laws allow family members or law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily remove firearms from a person who may present a danger to themselves or others.
The order also calls for the Department of Health and Human Services to issue a report on the relationship between video games, media images, and violence.
The executive order is the first step in the president’s plan to reduce gun violence. The president has also called on Congress to pass legislation to close loopholes in the background check system, ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and invest in community violence intervention programs.
The executive order is a welcome step in the right direction to reduce gun violence in the United States. It is a sign that the president is serious about taking action to make the country safer.