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Joe Biden tightens rules against “ghost weapons” in the United States

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Published on: 04/12/2022 – 00:08 While saying he is in favor of the right to own a weapon, the American president, Joe Biden, announced on Monday, in the name of “common sense”, a new decree according to which the Detached weapons that can easily be assembled into a firearm will be subject to the same requirements as weapons that are already mounted. Joe Biden tightened, Monday, April 11, the regulation of so-called “ghost” weapons, which are difficult to spot in the absence of a serial number and can be assembled as a kit at home in just a few minutes. The American president underlined, during an event at the White House bringing together families and loved ones of gun victims, that the number of these “ghost guns” reported by law enforcement had increased tenfold in five years, between 2016 and 2021 While saying he supports the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, which establishes the right to own a gun, he criticized the powerful gun lobby, the NRA, for calling its regulation “extreme”. Is it extreme to protect the police, to protect our children? […] It’s not extreme, it’s common sense,” said the US president, who handled one of these kit weapons in front of the cameras to show how easy assembly is. >> Read also on France24.com: “Ghost weapons”, this very real phenomenon that Joe Biden wants to combatAccording to a new decree, spare parts that can be easily assembled into a firearm will be subject to the same requirements as weapons already assembled. such kits will be required to conduct background checks on potential purchasers or include a serial number on the component parts. Less than 1% Explosives (ATF) was only able to trace the owner of a “ghost” weapon in 0.98% of cases, particularly in homicide and attempted homicide investigations. According to the organization Gun Violence Archive, more than 11,700 people have died by firearm since the beginning t of the year in the United States, including suicides. Over the whole of 2021, the number was 45,000 dead. But the powers of the executive, beyond certain regulations issued by decree, are limited. Joe Biden on Monday repeated his calls for Congress to ban the sale of assault rifles or to impose a universal system of criminal and psychiatric background checks for gun buyers. pious hopes in view of Joe Biden’s limited parliamentary room for maneuver, particularly in the face of certain Republican elected officials who are fiercely opposed to any regulation. Tom Cotton, senator from Arkansas, thus estimated in a press release that “regulations only complicate access to weapons by law-abiding citizens.” The NRA for its part criticized Joe Biden for unveiling “yet another hollow plan” intended to “delight his wealthy pro-gun supporters.” representatives and survivor of a shooting, welcomed the executive order. “The battle to end gun violence is still long, but we have won an important victory,” she wrote on Twitter. With AFP

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