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Nevada ‘ghost gun’ law on appeal as Biden mounts federal battle

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The destiny of a ‘ghost gun’ ban handed by the Nevada Legislature remains to be being determined by the courts.

It was struck down by a district court docket choose in Lyon County in December. The choose dominated the law was too obscure and didn’t set up clear requirements for law enforcement.

The state has appealed that ruling to the Nevada Supreme Court.

On Monday, President Joe Biden took contemporary intention at ghost weapons — privately made firearms with out serial numbers which can be more and more cropping up in violent crimes. Biden and different federal leaders have struggled to interrupt previous gun-control opposition to handle firearm deaths.

Speaking on the White House, Biden highlighted the Justice Department’s work to finalize new rules to crack down on ghost weapons, and introduced the nomination of Steve Dettelbach, who served as a U.S. lawyer in Ohio from 2009 to 2016, to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

“Law enforcement is sounding the alarm,” Biden stated of ghost weapons, briefly holding one up for cameras to see within the Rose Garden. “Our communities are paying the price.”

President Joe Biden holds items of a 9mm pistol as he speaks within the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 11, 2022. Biden introduced a closing model of the administration’s ghost gun rule, which comes with the White House and the Justice Department beneath rising strain to crack down on gun deaths. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

He promised the brand new rules would save lives.

Still, the announcement on weapons highlights the bounds of Biden’s affect to push a sweeping congressional overhaul of the nation’s firearm legal guidelines in response to each a latest surge in violent crime and continued mass shootings. Congress has deadlocked on legislative proposals to reform gun legal guidelines for a decade, and govt actions have confronted stiff headwinds in federal courts — even as the Democratic base has grown extra vocal in calling on Biden to take extra consequential motion.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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