Congressman Crow: President Biden’s Executive Actions on Gun Safety Will Save Lives
AURORA - After President Biden announced six executive actions to curb gun violence, Congressman Jason Crow (CO-06) released the following statement:
“As a father, I’ve committed to making our communities safer for our children. As a hunter and a gun owner, I understand that our rights as citizens come with responsibilities. As a former Army Ranger, I’ve used weapons of war in defense of our country and know that they have no place in our communities. As a Congressman that represents a district that has been devastated by gun violence, I’ve comforted survivors and families of victims, and promised them that enough is enough. Today, the President is taking important initial steps to make good on that promise.
“President Biden’s executive actions will save lives and take common-sense steps to combat a gun violence epidemic that no American is safe from. The Senate must follow our lead and act now.”
The initial steps to combat the gun violence epidemic include:
- Directing the Justice Department to propose a regulation, within 30 days, to stop the proliferation of deadly, untraceable “ghost guns;”
- Directing the Justice Department to propose a regulation ensuring the stabilizing arm braces that circumvent the law on dangerous short-barrel rifles are subject to the National Firearms Act;
- Increasing available funding for evidence-based community violence intervention programs;
- Directing the Justice Department to issue an annual report on firearms trafficking, the first such report since 2000;
- Directing the Justice Department to publish model “red flag” legislation for states within 60 days; and
- Nominating David Chipman, a former special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and longtime gun owner and gun safety expert, to be the director of the ATF.
Last month, Crow joined his colleagues to call on the Biden Administration to take executive action to regulate concealable assault-style rifles, like the firearm used in the recent tragedy in Boulder. In February, Crow and his colleagues called on the Administration to take immediate steps to stop the rising threat of the unregulated sale of ghost guns. In November of last year, Crow and his colleagues urged then President-Elect Biden to nominate David Chipman as director of the ATF.