VP Biden announces new actions to curb gun violence
August 29th, 2013
12:18 PM ET
1 year ago

VP Biden announces new actions to curb gun violence

Washington (CNN) - During a ceremony at the White House on Thursday morning to swear in Todd Jones as the new director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Vice President Joe Biden announced two new executive actions intended to address the problem of gun violence.

"The president and I are going to continue to do work with the Congress, to continue to strengthen gun safety laws in this country," Biden said, speaking in the Roosevelt Room. "But in the meantime the president and I – the president's going to continue to do everything we can within our executive authority to try to reduce gun violence in America."

Gun violence legislation - including increasing background checks, limiting gun magazines and mental health provisions - pushed by the White House after the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shooting failed on Capitol Hill earlier this year.

Even as that effort failed, President Barack Obama and Biden hit the road for a series of campaign-style events making their case for reforms.

The first action closes a loophole that could allow individuals prohibited from purchasing certain restricted weapons to do so legally by registering them under the name of a trust or corporation. Calling this "an easy way to evade the required background checks," Biden said this new proposed rule, issued by ATF, would require individuals attempting to register firearms under a trust or corporation to be subject to the same background checks as individual gun purchasers.

"Last year alone there were 39,000 requests for transfer of these restricted firearms to trusts or to corporations," Biden said.

The second action addresses U.S. military firearms sold or transferred to foreign allies. Currently the government must approve any re-importation of these weapons back to the United States, but the rule announced Thursday would deny nearly all such requests. The vice president said that since 2005, the government has approved the transfer of more than 250,000 of these firearms.

"We're ending the practice of allowing countries to send back to the United States these military weapons to private entities," Biden said. "Period. Period. The new policy's going to help keep military-grade firearms off our streets."

Before proceeding to the ceremonial swearing-in, Biden once again called on Congress to take action on the administration's gun control proposals, saying that legislative action was the "best way to reduce gun violence."

"If Congress won't act, we'll fight for a new congress," Biden said. "It's that simple."


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Getoverit

    "VP Biden announces new actions to curb gun violence"
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    Fire TWO warning shots in the air!

    August 29, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    More common sense gun control, let's get it done.

    August 29, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    This nation desperately needs Gun-Ban laws. Period.

    August 29, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. rs

    Good. Only 7,000 more Americans have uselessly died because of gun violence in America since Dec. 15, 2012.

    If this were a consumer product, a medicine, or anything else, all sorts of action would have occurred, regardless of the terrorist thugs of the NRA

    August 29, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. JJ

    Most of the gun violence and killing sprees have happened on Obama's watch and this tragedy is the fault of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. They have destroyed the economy especially for middle class families and this has created millions out of work, bankruptcy, extreme hardship, despair and desperation about their lives and the future of the country. There are so many people and families that are hurting because of Obama's draconian economic policies that some are at the breaking point of hopelessness and futility. This despair is pushing some people over the edge to commit these horrific killings. Also, the killers from Fort Hood, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Colorado Theatre and New Town were either registered as Democrats or voted for liberal Democrats.

    August 29, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. jinx9to88

    "If Congress won't act, we'll fight for a new congress," Biden said. "It's that simple." I say fight for a new Congress, throw the bums out ASAP!!

    August 29, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. Wake up People!

    Really jj?? Did the millions that lost their jobs in 2008 escape you??? The sheer stupidity of some on the right is astounding. Seriously.

    August 29, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. rs

    JJ
    Most of the gun violence and killing sprees have happened on Obama's watch and this tragedy is the fault of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. They have destroyed the economy especially for middle class families and this has created millions out of work, bankruptcy, extreme hardship, despair and desperation about their lives and the future of the country. There are so many people and families that are hurting because of Obama's draconian economic policies that some are at the breaking point of hopelessness and futility. This despair is pushing some people over the edge to commit these horrific killings. Also, the killers from Fort Hood, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Colorado Theatre and New Town were either registered as Democrats or voted for liberal Democrats.
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    You are completely clueless and fact free- you score zero on the facts- and what is worse is it took about 5 minutes in Google to do it.

    August 29, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. rla

    How about we build a wall around DC, Chicago, La,
    detroit and New Orleans and let them shoot it out - after about a month we would have no gun problem?????

    August 29, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. rla

    Also If we add the above cities to a world statistics on gun violence we are 4th in the world but if we take them out of the statistics we are 4th from the bottom????? Go figure??? Could it have anything to do with democratic mayors for decades?

    August 29, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    "Biden said this new proposed rule, issued by ATF, would require individuals attempting to register firearms under a trust or corporation to be subject to the same background checks as individual gun purchasers. "
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    I can't wait to hear the "corporations are people, too" crowd to complain about this rule.

    August 29, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    It's about darn time there's a sitting ATF Director. I have full confience that he'll focus like a laser on gun control.

    August 29, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Most of the gun violence and killing sprees have happened on Obama's watch and this tragedy is the fault of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party."

    And when we vote in the next President - presumably you're suggesting a Republican - all will be well in the United States of America?

    I'd post more on JJs comment but my vacation was cut short this morning, and I'm a bit testy today.

    August 29, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Vic

    Lets kick the NRA puppets out of Congress..they do nothing anyway!!

    August 29, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. ED1

    What a joke.

    Right Left doesn't make any difference more children are killed every year by cars and trucks backing over them lets outlaw cars and trucks.

    Common sense would say tougher background checks and if you want a full automatic gun then pay a fee of $10,000 a year and if anyone gets killed with that gun you go to jail.

    August 29, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. Stormer

    I guarantee most of the anti gun people making comments have never been around guns, never shot a gun or been around a pro gun environment. Ask yourself, hypothetically, if you or someone else wanted to harm someone with a gun, are you going to stop because some politician just enforced a new gun law and you don't want to break it??? Quit trying to live in the theoretical Utopian world that doesn't exist.

    August 29, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "require individuals attempting to register firearms under a trust or corporation to be subject to the same background checks as individual gun purchasers. "

    Go ahead and oppose that and throw a nutty about it. You'll just be proving that the GOP/Teatrolls/gun nuts want it to be as easy as possible for criminals to surreptitiously obtain firearms via loopholes and end-runs. Why? Because more gun violence = more scared people buying guns.

    August 29, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Getoverit

    @Vic
    Lets kick the NRA puppets out of Congress..they do nothing anyway!
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    Agreed. Harry Reid is useless.

    August 29, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. bones1919

    Right, because I'm sure the gang-bangers in Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore and DC are using guns issued to corporations and re-imported firearms provided to our allies embroiled in civil wars. THIS new gun law will REALLY help. So the cost of private security subcontractors to DHS will go up 30 percent because of a new redundant layer of background checks and paperwork, and now US-bought guns will remain safely in the hands of banana republics all over the world. I don't know about you, but I sure feel safer.

    August 29, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Stormer

    I guarantee most of the anti gun people making comments have never been around guns, never shot a gun or been around a pro gun environment. Ask yourself, hypothetically, if you or someone else wanted to harm someone with a gun, are you going to stop because some politician just enforced a new gun law and you don't want to break it???
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    Your lack of objection to the rules changes is noted and appreciated. I must apologize for being unable to answer your question. I am forced to admit that the thought has never crossed my mind. Thank, God.

    August 29, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Getoverit

    @Sniffit
    Go ahead and oppose that and throw a nutty about it.
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    I think it's a great idea, and finally a sensible step in the right direction.

    August 29, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Kenweil

    These are useless orders. Reimportation of firearms we gave to allies. So we cannot import over 50 year old like the m1 garande or 1903 Springfield that do not get used for violence. Oh corporations will have to have background checks on nfa items if done through a trust. Funny thing is you still ha ve to have those checks with a trust just not fingerprints. This once again will do nothing to curb violence because nfa items are hard to come by and very expensive.

    August 29, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |