Biden Will Reportedly Nominate Gun Control Advocate To Lead ATF, Unveil Gun Control Executive Actions


 President Joe Biden is expected to nominate a senior policy advisor at Gabrielle Giffords’ gun control group to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Thursday, multiple outlets reported, while also unveiling a series of executive actions on gun reform following a spate of mass shootings across the U.S. in recent weeks.

Key Facts

David Chipman, a senior policy advisor at Giffords and a former ATF special agent, is expected to be nominated as the director of the ATF, according to the Washington Post—the agency has not had a permanent director since 2015.

At the same time, Biden will sign an executive action requiring buyers of “ghost guns”—homemade firearms that don’t have serial numbers—to undergo background checks, Politico reported.

It’s unclear what other executive actions the Biden administration will unveil Thursday.

Key Background

Biden’s actions on gun control come after activists and congressional Democrats have pressured the president in recent weeks following mass shootings in Atlanta, Colorado and Southern California. Biden promised to take action on gun control on his first day in office, and Thursday’s action will mark the president’s first major moves in that area since taking office.