Biden’s ATF Now Coming After These Guns
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) announced on Wednesday new rules after the “ghost guns” have been put into effect. This rule is aiming to stop the proliferation of ghost guns. This means that those firearms that are privately made using gun kits that were harder to trace before will now be subject to the same regulations as regular guns.
This will make tracking all of these guns easier. This new rule will also require retailers to subject those buying the guns to the same background checks that they would have to conduct when selling a regular firearm.
It also sets forth that the frame and receiver will now have a serial number which will make it much easier for people to track these weapons. According to the new rule, guns that did not previously have a serial number will now need to get one using 3 printers. Before the resale or purchase of non-serialized firearms, a serial number will also need to be added.
The time frame for record-keeping has also been increased by two decades. The Justice Department has noted that the ATF is currently unable to trace many guns used in homicides or violent crimes due to the records being destroyed.
This is bound to make it harder for people to use untraceable guns. It will also make it easier for crimes to be solved as there won’t be as many untraceable firearms according to a statement made by Attorney General Merrick Garland.
The Justice Department has so far shown that there are almost 24,000 ghost guns that have been found by law enforcement. These have often been recovered from crime scenes in the years between 2015 to 2020. It is hard to determine how many ghost guns might also be on the streets.
States like California have also had gun laws requiring serial numbers to be stamped on ghost guns.