An AP News report discusses President Biden’s action yesterday regarding ghost guns, described as “firearms without serial numbers that have been turning up at crime scenes across the nation in increasing numbers.”
The new regulations created by the Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice are intended to help “drive down violent crime” while also helping law enforcement in solving crimes. The new rule is also designed to “modernize firearm definitions,” while also addressing the proliferation of ghost guns, the Justice Department writes. The Justice Department also states that from January 2016 through December 2021, there were an estimated more than 45,000 reports of recovery by law enforcement of Privately Made Firearms (PMF). The chart below shows how recovery of these PMFs increased significantly during each of those years.
The President also announced his nomination of Steven Dettelbach, a former federal prosecutor to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.