President Joe Biden announced new gun regulation Monday that aims to tackle the use of privately made weapons, per The Associated Press.
Driving the news: Biden declared the new rules from the Rose Garden on Monday.
- There will now be a ban on “buy build shoot” kits, which people can buy online or at a store without a background check, per The Hill.
- The kit helps people develop a gun in 30 minutes.
What he said: “If you buy a couch you have to assemble, it’s still a couch. If you order a package like this one over here that includes that parts that you need and directs the assembly of a functioning firearm, you bought a gun,” he said.
- “It doesn’t take very long,” he said. “Anyone can order it in the mail.”
Flashback: Senior administration officials said Biden will announce regulations that will look to tackle “ghost guns” — which are unregulated and untraceable weapons that people can make from kits, according to CNN.
- These “ghost guns” often don’t have serial numbers, making them harder to track.
- The new regulation will require background checks before people can purchase the kits, and serial numbers may be needed on some of the parts, according to CNN.
The bigger picture: Biden has been facing pressure to act on gun control and regulations, especially after an increase in school shootings in 2022, according to The Associated Press.
- The House has passed gun control legislation — like a background-check bill — but Senate Republicans are “near-unified against most proposals,” per The Associated Press.
What they’re saying: The Senate’s top Democrat, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, said over the weekend that he hopes the Biden administration moves faster on gun control measures, per CNBC.
- “It’s high time for a ghost gun exorcism before the proliferation peaks, and before more people get hurt — or worse,” Schumer said, according to CNBC.
- “My message is a simple one: No more waiting on these proposed federal rules.” Ghost guns are “too easy to build, too hard to trace and too dangerous to ignore.”