Ghost Gun Regulations: Gun Safety Groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action Call for Safety Legislation
The group’s press conference comes after President Joe Biden on Monday announced new federal regulations against ghost guns, firearms without serial numbers.
At the White House, he highlighted the work of the Justice Department to finalize new regulations aimed at cracking down on ghost weapons.
He also announced the appointment of Steve Dettelbach, who served as a US attorney in Ohio from 2009 to 2016, to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
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“Law enforcement is sounding the alarm,” the president said. Biden said. “Our communities are paying the price.”
He promised the new regulations would save lives as they require background checks and serial numbers on ghost gun kits.
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Additionally, companies that purchase ghost guns for resale must create a serial number before they are resold.
Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong on Tuesday addressed widespread violence in the city and the role ghost guns played in those crimes.
At a press conference, Chief Armstrong showed two videos that provided insight into the violence the city is facing.
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He says these are the kinds of incidents that Oaklanders face every day and that it needs to stop.
The chief went on the offensive Tuesday, calling out the Alameda County court system.
“Far too many people have been released after being caught with guns,” he said.
On Wednesday, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office sent a response to ABC7’s JR Stone.
“Far too many people who have been released under the emergency bail schedule continue to engage in criminal activity. We have seen an escalation in the seriousness of crimes committed after being released without bail. This is especially true when crimes involve firearms, which we know have dramatically increased and wreaked havoc on communities and individuals. The need to return to the original (pre-COVID) bail schedule is equally critical in that hundreds of individuals who are being arrested and charged with new crimes are already under court jurisdiction, either on probation or on parole. pre-COVID bail for those on probation or parole, or those who have a prior conviction.
The prosecutor’s office went on to say that it “created several programs to help individuals transition away from the criminal justice system, for example, the CARES Navigation Center for people with mental health or addictions, the early intervention court or behavioral health court, all of which address the needs and issues of the person accused of crimes. This is a supportive environment as an alternative to incarceration.”
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While homicides are down in Oakland so far this year, from 41 to 34 according to the chief, there is a 30% increase in the number of firearms recovered.
Barry Donelan of the Oakland Police Officer’s Association says officers are struggling to answer 2,000 calls a day.
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Chief Armstrong says they recovered 300 ghost guns from the city last year.
Assemblyman Mike Gipson, the primary sponsor of AB 1621 which deals with unserialized guns, joined Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, and Rudy Espinoza Murray, a volunteer with the California chapter of Moms Demand Action. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo also spoke.
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