Washington, D.C., April 7, 2021 - Today, Brady applauds President Biden for taking decisive action to address our country’s gun violence epidemic. The six actions announced by the White House will be impactful, tangible and will address many of the root causes and forms of gun violence. President Biden has shown once again that he will not hesitate to act to address this crisis and that he will take a comprehensive public health approach to stop the epidemic that kills over 100 people a day nationwide.

Brady President Kris Brown shared:

“Brady has said before that President Biden is the strongest gun violence prevention champion ever to occupy the Oval Office. Today, he has proved that true once again. President Biden's actions will address gun violence and its many forms, from mass shootings to community violence as well as suicide by gun which account for over 60 percent of gun deaths each year.

President Biden’s actions are historic and they will have an immediate impact. These are tangible and powerful policies that will save lives. From taking action to stop untraceable ‘ghost guns’ to investment in community violence interventions, these actions target the many facets of gun violence and address this crisis as a public health epidemic. These executive actions, coupled with President Biden’s prudent nomination of David Chipman to serve as Director of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives mark a historic day for gun violence prevention in America. Perhaps most importantly, President Biden and the Biden-Harris Administration have shared that they are not finished and that these are an initial step in their bold agenda to stop gun violence. Brady applauds today’s announcement and celebrates the continued attention and action to save lives.

Of course, President Biden cannot solve this problem alone. Congress must act, as well. Solving this crisis will take an all of government approach. This is a historic moment and opportunity for the movement to prevent gun violence and we must seize it.”

About the Announced Actions:

The White House has announced that the Biden-Harris Administration will take six, initial actions to prevent gun violence:

  1. The Justice Department, within 30 days, will issue a proposed rule to help stop the proliferation of “ghost guns.”

  2. The Justice Department, within 60 days, will issue a proposed rule to make clear when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace effectively turns a pistol into a short-barreled rifle subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act.

  3. The Justice Department, within 60 days, will publish model “red flag” legislation for states.

  4. The Administration will invest in evidence-based community violence interventions, as five federal agencies make changes to 26 different programs to direct vital support to community violence intervention programs as quickly as possible.

  5. The Justice Department will issue a new, comprehensive report on firearms trafficking and annual updates necessary to give policymakers the information they need to help address firearms trafficking today.

  6. President Biden will nominate David Chipman to serve as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, which has not had a confirmed director since 2015.

Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.


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