President Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled actions aimed at curbing gun violence, calling it an epidemic that “has to stop.” Biden announced six steps, including stricter rules for buyers of home-assembled “ghost guns”; directing the Department of Justice to draft a policy on braces stabilizing handguns; model “red flag” legislation for states; funds for community-based violence interventions; and an annual report on firearms trafficking.
Speaking at the White House Rose Garden, Biden also nominated gun control advocate David Chipman as director of the Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Chipman has served as senior policy adviser at Giffords, an advocacy group founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was injured in a shooting in 2011. “This is an epidemic, for God’s sake,” Biden said. “And this has to end.” He called his actions “fully consistent with the Second Amendment.” Also read: Tighter gun control is under debate in Washington after the Atlanta and Boulder mass shootings. Some states are heading in the opposite direction Last month, the president asked Congress to act on gun control measures in the wake of two deadly mass shootings, saying it shouldn’t be a partisan issue. He asked the Senate to pass two House bills that would close loopholes in background checks and lobbied to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Biden lobbied Congress again on Thursday, saying, “Enough with prayers. It’s time to act. “Now watch: ‘We have to act’: Biden urges Congress to pass gun control measures in the wake of deadly shootings Biden was joined at the White House by Attorney General Merrick Garland, as well as Vice President Kamala Harris, Members of Congress, and Family Members of Gun Violence Victims Gunmaker Sturm Ruger & Co. RGR’s shares, -0.66%, rose 1.4% in Thursday morning trading, putting them on track. a sixth consecutive gain, but fell slightly in afternoon trading. Shares of gun maker Smith & Wesson Brands Inc. SWBI, -1.96% fell 1.4% on Thursday, after gaining in five of six previous sessions Read more about stock action.