This year, President Biden and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced a proposed rule that would finally begin to make strides in regulating "ghost guns" and taking them off our streets.
Ghost guns are DIY weapons that can be built from kits or separate parts that can be ordered online or purchased from gun dealers or at gun shows. They are increasingly being used in acts of violence across the country and have been used in school shootings, mass shootings, bank robberies, domestic violence, and acts of violent anti-government extremism.
They are low cost, easily built, and virtually untraceable. Because these guns are sold unfinished or in parts, they are not subject to background checks nor are they required to have serial numbers. The ATF and the Biden administration are seeking to change that with this rule, but they can't do it without you.
The rule proposed by the ATF would:
Clarify under federal law that ghost gun kits are firearms that require a background check and serial number.
Make clear that "partially complete" frames and receivers are firearms subject to federal gun regulations, including background checks and serial numbers.
Require people who sell ghost gun parts and kits to register as licensed gun dealers, creating a process whereby they would be required to serialize the key parts in every kit they sell.
We only have until August 19 to flood the ATF with comments supporting this rule.
The gun lobby has come out strong, pouring in thousands of comments against this modest, commonsense proposed rule. If they win, it will continue to be easy for anyone, including people with a long history of violence, to build their own untraceable firearms.
Let the ATF and President Biden know you stand with them by submitting a comment today.
If you need to look up the proposed rule, its formal title is ATF 2021R-05.