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White House expected to announce gun control actions Thursday

White House expected to announce gun control actions Thursday”

President Joe Biden will unveil a series of executive actions aimed at addressing gun violence on Thursday, including background checks for people buying "ghost guns".

The actions come on the heels of increased gun violence in many United States cities and an uptick in mass shootings, including at a grocery store in Colorado where 10 people were killed and at Atlanta-area spas where eight people were killed.

During his campaign, Biden promised to prioritize new gun control measures as president, including enacting universal background check legislation, banning online sales of firearms and the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Another proposed rule from the Justice Department would address stabilizing braces for pistols. The killing took 10 lives and is one of the deadliest in the state's history. Sixty days will also be provided for the DOJ to develop model "red flag" legislation that would allow friends and family members to identify an individual as a potential danger, thereby temporarily preventing the person from accessing a firearm.

The Justice Department will issue an annual report on firearms trafficking.

A new head for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. While the House passed a background-check bill last month, gun control measures face slim prospects in an evenly-divided Senate, where Republicans remain near-unified against most proposals.

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Biden did tuck some $5 billion to support community-based violence prevention programs in the $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure plan, but activists have been urging him to do more to stem gun violence. The release went on to say that Congress should push so-called "red flag" gun seizure laws, ban "assault weapons and high-capacity magazines" and repeal gun manufacturers' protection from frivolous lawsuits meant to drive the American firearm industry out of business. Gun-control advocates have emphasized the significance of the ATF director in enforcing the nation's gun laws, and Chipman is certain to win praise from them.

There is nothing related to assault rifles in these actions and there will be no legislative proposal from Biden, though senior administration officials stress that these are only initial actions, leaving room for more to come down the road.

An official told Reuters news agency that this was just the first step in tackling gun violence and that Mr Biden would continue to advocate for gun legislation.

Jennifer Cunningham (L) and Zileen Kieran-Johnson hold each other during a moment of silence at the Colorado State Capitol during a discussion on gun violence in the wake of the Boulder shooting that took place on Monday at King Soopers, leaving ten dead, Denver Colorado, U.S. March 28, 2021.

Asked about gun control, immigration and other issues, Biden said that "the most urgent problem" was the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic dislocation it had caused.



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