Senator Chris Murphy is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to provide updates on implementation of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which was signed into law in June.
Murphy specifically wants to know about distribution of funds for Extreme Risk Protection Order programs and community violence intervention initiatives, efforts to keep firearms out of the hands of convicted domestic violence abusers, plans to communicate with federal firearms licensees about their responsibilities. He is also seeking confirmation that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System is processing background checks for under-21 buyers.
Murphy requested updates on ATF’s work to ensure convicted domestic violence abusers do not illegally purchase firearms, communicate with federal arms licensees what facts would give them reason to believe a purchaser is engaged in gun trafficking, ensure all appropriate firearms sellers properly register for a Federal Firearms License as well as what steps are being taken to further clarify which sellers are “engaged in the business.”
Murphy also requested updates on ATF’s plans to communicate with licensed dealers to expedite delayed background checks and retrieve firearms mistakenly sold to prohibited purchasers, enforce new ghost gun regulations, develop the Bureau’s data analytics capacity, investigate online gun marketplaces for illegal activity, work with licensed gun dealers to identify and remedy security weaknesses, and reduce and prevent gun-involved suicides.
Confirmation of a Director to lead ATF coincided with the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. Murphy says people across the country will no longer tolerate the status quo of daily gun violence, mass shootings, and suicides, fueled by weak firearm regulation and lax enforcement. He notes that the Bureau has been given substantial authority and responsibility to prevent more violence, keep guns out of the wrong hands, and hold criminals accountable to the law.