Biden will also instruct the Department of Justice to offer states exemplary “red flag” laws – unless Congress passes a law that “Family members or law enforcement agencies seek a court order temporarily banning people in crisis from access to firearms if they pose a danger to themselves or others. “Then the president will help the states with it. Next, he orders five different federal agencies, “direct vital support to community violence intervention programs as soon as possible, ”while his American employment plan would allocate $ 5 billion to community violence intervention programs. In addition, the Justice Department will publish an annual report on the arms trade so that state, local and federal policymakers know what they are dealing with when trying to block the firearms trade.
Finally, Biden announces his candidate to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, an agency that has not had a Senate-approved director since 2015. This indicates the difficulty of verifying someone, but Biden will try David Chipman. Chipman is a former longtime ATF agent who recently served as an advisor to Americans for Responsible Solutions, the weapons reform group founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
After mass shootings at spas in the Atlanta area and a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, Biden urged the Senate to “Immediately hand over the two bills given by the house, which close holes in the background checking system. These are bills that have received votes from both Republicans and Democrats in the House. This is and should not be a partisan issue. It’s an American problem. It will save lives, American lives, and we must act. We should also ban offensive weapons. ”
Biden makes this point clear again when he takes executive action. But even the bipartisan Background Review Act of 2021, which according to a poll has 84% public support, is a long shot in a Senate with an intact filibuster that requires 10 Republican votes. While 29 Republicans in the House voted for the Violence Against Women Act, it saw guns stolen from abusive friends and stalkers is one of the few who will make it difficult to beat the Republican filibuster in the Senate.
Even in the 1990s gun laws passed the Senate by a simple majority before filibustering everything became the republican practice. In today’s political reality, when Senate Minority Chairman Mitch McConnell is determined to serve as an obstacle to possible democratic success, Biden’s executive action is vital as it may be the only advance on gun violence.