When President Biden last spring announced measures intended to curb gun violence, he directed the Justice Department to formulate a new rule under which the ATF would classify gun kits as firearms. The period of public comment on the rule ended on Aug. 19. The approximately 250,000 comments collected included many from gun extremists opposing the proposed rule change — when I checked the site this week, the first comment called the rule “disgraceful” and “a huge overstep into the rights of American Citizens.”
But responsible gun owners understand that their rights come with responsibilities. The right to build a deadly weapon absent a background check, or other basic requirements, should not be valued more highly than my daughter’s right, or anyone’s right, to life.
Three months have passed since the ATF’s comment period ended. The rule classifying ghost gun kits as firearms still has not been finalized. And the surge in U.S. gun violence continues. When will the Biden administration act?