President Biden expected to unveil new gun control measures Thursday

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — In the wake of several mass shootings, President Joe Biden is expected to roll out several new gun control measures Thursday, sources tell ABC News.

President Biden included gun reform as part of his platform, citing that he wants to end America’s mass shooting problem.

While there is currently no information regarding the plans expected Thursday, it is believed that the president will propose legislation banning “ghost” guns, guns that are assembled by parts purchased online and therefore do not have a serial number, and background checks.

President Biden is expected to announce the gun control plans alongside Attorney General Merrick Garland.  In addition, the president is said he will use the press announcement to nominate the new Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives director. 

A White House official says President Biden will select David Chipman, a former ATF agent who has worked with former Representative Gabby Giffords as a gun control advocate.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday will include a “combination of steps,” including executive orders and presidential memos.

For Congress to advance any form of gun control, Democrats — who control the House — will require 10 Republicans in the Senate to help pass legislation.

The issue of passing bills along party lines has inspired progressive Democrats to call for the elimination of the 60-vote threshold to advance legislation. 

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