President Biden has announced a ban on homemade gun kits without serial numbers.
According to Biden, the gun lobby calls the measure excessive, but the administration does not seem that such a characterization applies to the intent to end the ability to buy a kit without a buyer’s background check.
“The losses are uncountable,” Biden said of gun violence victims.
He demonstrated a kit from which a gun can be assembled “in the kitchen” in half an hour without any training. Biden noted that steps to prohibit the purchase of guns by citizens who are listed as members of terrorist organizations, for example, are not excessive.
“If you commit a crime with a ‘ghost gun,’ expect to face federal charges,” Biden said.
President Biden insisted on the need on the part of Congress to pass a buyer verification law, as well as to ban the sale of rifles with an increased magazine capacity. He stressed that manufacturers should not be immune from lawsuits when crimes are committed with their guns. Right now, a self-assembly kit, such as the Glock brand, is offered by many online sellers for a few hundred dollars, and a federal gun license would not be required to purchase one.
Last year alone, U.S. law enforcement officials identified 20,000 unregistered guns in criminal investigations. Biden’s long-promised initiative would prohibit the manufacture and sale of component kits, of which the purchaser, spared from having to undergo standard safety checks. Sellers of such kits would also be required to obtain a federal license.
In January, the White House announced the administration’s steps to reduce gun violence: only those with a place to store guns would be given a license. The Justice Department then recalled that the requirements make it a violation to provide false information when buying a gun, to conceal a stolen or lost gun that is discovered, to neglect the seller to check necessary documents and crime records before transferring the gun, to sell or transfer to someone who is prohibited from owning, including a nonresident, and to have a secure storage place for the gun must have been confirmed by a federal license.
Biden said the U.S. has an “epidemic of gun violence,” commenting on another mass shooting in May 2021. The total number of mass shootings in the U.S. where more than four people were injured or killed in 2021.
Observers recorded 611 such incidents in 2020, 417 the year before, and 336 in 2018. As of 2014-2017, the number of incidents ranged from 272 to 382 per year. All told, the same data shows that the number of fatalities from armed attacks in 2022 has already surpassed 5,000, which is about 50 deaths a day.