WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden unveiled his first major steps to address gun violence on Thursday, directing his administration to tighten restrictions on so-called ghost guns, or untraceable weapons that can be constructed from parts purchased online.
The president also announced his nomination of David Chipman as the director of the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Chipman is an ATF veteran who currently serves as an adviser for the gun control advocacy group named for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who survived a 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, as a congresswoman.
“Gun violence in this country is an epidemic,” Biden said during remarks in the White House Rose Garden, calling it an “international embarrassment.”
“The idea that we have so many people dying every single day from gun violence in America is a blemish on our character as a nation.”