President Biden announced multiple gun control measures on Wednesday. The executive order could require those who purchase so-called "ghost guns," or those made from spare parts as opposed to those that are manufactured, to undergo background checks. Part of this announcement was also the appointment of gun control lobbyist David Chipman as ATF Director.
Chipman has been an advocate for gun control for a number of years. "As a former ATF special agent with more than 24 years of experience at the bureau, I know all too well how serious our gun violence problem is and how desperately the agency lacks for the law enforcement tools that are necessary to help curb this national epidemic," Chipman wrote in a 2013 Politico piece.
The National Rifle Association released a statement in response, "These actions could require law-abiding citizens to surrender lawful property, and push states to expand gun confiscation orders."
Democrats are overwhelmingly in favor of the President taking unilateral action, perceiving this as an emergency. Republicans are staunchly against the measures and are supportive of upholding the 2nd amendment of the US Constitution.
This as gun sales have skyrocketed in the US, and crime in the nation, including violent gun crime, is at a record high. A 20-25 percent increase was recorded in every city that reported quarterly data.
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