Ghost Guns, Stabilizing Braces, and Red Flag Laws: Overview of Recent Executive Actions on Firearms [April 23, 2021] [open pdf - 641KB]
From the Document: "On April 8, 2021, in the wake of mass shootings in Georgia [hyperlink] and Colorado [hyperlink], President Biden announced [hyperlink] six executive actions seeking to address gun violence. One of the actions makes changes to federal funding streams across existing grant programs and seeks additional funding to promote investment in community violence intervention programs--for example [hyperlink], programs that 'deploy trusted messengers [to] work directly with individuals most likely to commit gun violence, intervene in conflicts, and connect people to social and economic services to reduce the likelihood of gun violence as an answer.' Two of the other [hyperlink] actions (1) direct the Department of Justice (DOJ) to issue a report on firearms trafficking, which has not been undertaken since 2000, that is to be comprehensive and annually updated; and (2) announce the President's nomination for Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). In addition to the actions mentioned above, the President's recent announcement signals three further actions [hyperlink] in areas of firearms regulation that have been of interest to Congress in recent years: (1) the proliferation of so-called 'ghost guns'; (2) the availability of handguns with stabilizing or arm braces; and (3) the passage of 'red flag' laws. This Sidebar provides a brief overview of, and legal context for, the three announced actions in these areas, as the specifics of proposed regulatory actions are expected [hyperlink] in the coming months."
CRS Legal Sidebar, LSB10592
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/