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Joe Biden goes after those involved in illegal gun selling in US

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(L-R) JCSC General Mark Milley, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell look on as US President Joe Biden speaks about efforts in Maui, Hawaii in Washington, DC, on August 30, 2023. — AFP
(L-R) JCSC General Mark Milley, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell look on as US President Joe Biden speaks about efforts in Maui, Hawaii in Washington, DC, on August 30, 2023. — AFP

US President Joe Biden has decided to go after those who exploit the legal loopholes and market their weapons to people without a dealer license — requiring the seller to run a screening and perform background checks on buyers — as the country has witnessed over 470 mass shootings this year.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, a mass shooting is an act in which four or more people are injured or killed. 

In the past three years, there have been over 600 gun violence incidents per year — making it almost two a day on average. 

The detailed rules were released by the Justice Department that follow the Joe Biden-backed Safer Communities Act passed by Congress in June 2022 in reaction to the large number of shooting deaths — especially in mass shootings — across the country.

The rules are aimed at closing the gaps in the law that enable gun dealers to avoid securing licenses by claiming not to make money from transactions or by saying their lack of a storefront or insignificant sales volume exempts them from dealer requirements.

The rules also tighten the grip on collectors who buy and sell guns, and on failed gun dealers selling their inventories.

The Justice Department said: “The aim is to force more firearms sellers to check the backgrounds of prospective purchasers in a national database in order to screen out felons and others forbidden from owning guns.”

“It also allows the government to better track registered firearms from owner to owner.”

Steven Dettelbach, director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives noted: “An increasing number of individuals engaged in the business of selling firearms for profit have chosen not to register as federal firearms licensees, as required by law.”

“Instead, they have sought to make money through the off-book, illicit sale of firearms,” he said in a statement.

The Justice Department said that unlicensed dealing undermines federal rules aimed at increasing gun safety.

According to the estimates by the Gun Violence Archive, 44,374 people were killed by guns across the United States last year, however, the number was down slightly this year, at 28,793 for the first eight months.

Suicides account for about 55% of all gun deaths.

The rules came to the fore just days after three black people were fatally shot including a woman after an armed suspect entered a Dollar General store in Jacksonville, Florida and went on to kill people with an AR-style rifle before shooting himself.

Sheriff TK Waters said in a news conference Saturday: “The shooter, a white male in his early 20s, was outfitted with a tactical vest and armed with an AR-style rifle and a handgun when he started firing inside a Dollar General discount store.”

“He targeted a certain group of people and that’s Black people. That’s what he said he wanted to kill. And that’s very clear,” the sheriff said.

“Manifestos discovered by the gunman’s family shortly before the attack detail the shooter’s disgusting ideology of hate,” he told reporters.

Mass shootings have become disturbingly common across the US, with easy access to firearms in most states and more guns in the country than citizens.

Earlier, seven people were transported to hospital after a mass shooting at a Caribbean festival in the northeast city of Boston, according to the police.

The night before that, two women were shot at a baseball game in Chicago.

That same night a 16-year-old was fatally shot and four others were wounded after an argument erupted at a high school football game in Oklahoma, local police stated.

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