The proposal represents the latest effort made by the Biden administration to curb gun deaths.
Washington— The Department of Justice has proposed a rule that can expand the definition of guns and help close the gap so that people can obtain so-called “ghost” weapons, which are easily armed but not regulated by federal law.
The proposal represents the latest effort made by the Biden administration to curb gun deaths. Last month, President Biden instructed the Justice Department to find a way to curb the spread of ghost weapons within 30 days, focusing on putting them in the hands of criminals who might not be able to pass background checks to buy guns.
In a statement announcing this recommendation, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said: “Criminals and other criminals who are prohibited from possessing weapons should not use any loopholes to evade the authorities’ background checks and escape investigations.”
He added: “The rule we propose will help keep guns in the hands of criminals, make it easier for the authorities to track down guns used to commit violent crimes, and protect the rights of Americans who abide by the law.”