San Jose Mayor participates in President Biden’s gun suppression

Bay Area leaders, along with President Joe Biden, are tackling the issue of ghost guns.

For example, the mayor of San Jose, Sam Licardo, recently passed the first arms ordinance in the country, requiring gun owners to have liability insurance and pay a fee to the city to fund gun safety initiatives.

Lycardo was in the White House on Monday when Biden re-aimed at ghost rifles, privately made weapons without serial numbers, which are growing more and more violent crimes.

In a White House speech, Biden highlighted the Justice Department’s work to complete new regulations for the fight against ghost guns.

The new rule changes the current definition of firearms under federal law to include unfinished parts, such as a gun frame or a long-range pistol shelter. This means that these parts must be licensed and include serial numbers. Manufacturers must also perform background checks before sale – as they do with other commercially produced firearms. The requirement applies regardless of how the weapon is made, meaning it includes ghost guns made from individual parts, kits or 3D printers.

Armed dealers with a federal license must keep key records until they close their business or authorized activity and then transfer the records to the ATF as they are now required to do at the end of an authorized activity. In the past, these dealers were allowed to destroy most of the records after 20 years, making it difficult for law enforcement agencies to track down firearms found at crime scenes.

“Law enforcement is sounding the alarm,” Biden said of ghost rifles, holding for a moment one of them to see the cameras in the rose garden. “Our communities are paying the price.”

Licardo added that the challenge under federal law was that for many years, the government could only regulate unfinished guns.

“And there was a lot of gray area as to whether a kit built in the part of a gun was indeed fit as a weapon that could be regulated by federal law,” he said. “So that ambiguity is now eliminated.”

Auckland also saw an increase in ghost guns.

Auckland police chief Ron Armstrong said the city sees an alarming amount of gun violence and other gunshots. He called Biden’s new rules making it illegal for businesses to sell personally manufactured rifles without serial numbers or background checks, citing a “mighty step forward”.

Last year in Auckland, nearly 300 ghost rifles were found.

Still, Biden’s announcement of guns underscores the limits of his influence in pushing for a comprehensive congressional overhaul of the state’s gun laws in response to both the recent rise in violent crime and the continuation of mass shootings. Congress has come to a dead end in legislative proposals to reform gun laws for a decade, and executive action has met with a harsh spirit in federal courts – even as the democratic base has become louder in calling on Biden to take more effective measures.

For nearly a year, the Ghost Rifle Act has been making its way through the federal regulatory process. Arms safety groups and Democrats in Congress have been pushing the Justice Department to end the rule for months. This is likely to garner heavy resistance from arms groups and will result in legal proceedings in the coming weeks.

America’s gun owners have sworn they will fight power immediately.

“Just as we opposed the Trump administration’s arbitrary ban on bulge stocks, the GOA will also sue Biden’s ATF to stop the implementation of this rule,” Aiden Johnston, the group’s federal affairs director, said in a statement. The group believes the rule violates the U.S. Constitution and some federal laws.

Justice Department statistics show that nearly 24,000 ghost rifles were found by law enforcement agencies at crime scenes and reported to the government from 2016 to 2020. It is difficult to say how many roam the streets, in part because in many cases police departments do not. Do not contact the government about the guns because they cannot be located.

The critical component in building an undetectable gun is the so-called lower shelter, a part usually made of metal or polymer. An unfinished shelter – sometimes referred to as an “80 percent shelter” – can be legally purchased online without serial numbers or other markings on it, without the need for a license.

The AP news agency contributed to this report.

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