On Friday, President Joe Biden is set to announce the formation of the Office of Gun Violence Prevention, headed by Mike Bloomberg gun control proponents and other advocates.
It is expected that there will be coordination between the White House, Community Justice Action Fund, and Everytown for Gun Safety in the office.
Shannon Watts, a Mike Bloomberg affiliate who founded Moms Demand Action, praised the creation of the Office of Gun Violence Prevention, saying:
“If this announcement is, in fact, the creation of a single point of leadership on gun violence in the administration, it’s a very big deal for the movement.”
“A governmental focal point dedicated to creating a framework for overseeing national policy, research and resources would be more than symbolic — it would be a significant turning point for the movement.”
On August 31, 2023, Breitbart News reported that the Attorney General Merrick Garland had stated in an accompanying press release that the Biden Administration’s ATF was attempting to use executive rule to expand background checks to nearly universal levels.
The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act was passed by Congress to reduce gun violence, including by expanding the background checks that keep guns out of the hands of criminals. This proposed rule implements Congress’s mandate to expand the definition of who must obtain a license and conduct a background check before selling firearms.
The ATF’s new rule will completely change the way Americans buy and sell guns, a practice that has been going on since 1791.
Rather than having two distinct categories – those who buy and sell between themselves, and FFLs who sell weapons at retail – all sellers must prove they are not trying to make a profit or require any potential purchaser to undergo a background check before taking possession of the gun.