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Biden Administration to Take Executive Action on Gun Control

United States President Joe Biden’s administration has announced a series of initial executive actions to address gun violence after recent high-profile mass shootings in the country.

“Gun violence takes lives and leaves a lasting legacy of trauma in communities every single day in this country, even when it is not on the nightly news,” a fact sheet released by the White House stated, announcing six initial actions on gun control.

The administration noted that recent mass shootings “underscored the relentlessness” of gun violence, including the Boulder shooting that killed 10 people and the Atlanta area shootings that killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women.

Biden will direct the Justice Department to issue, within 30 days, a proposal to curb the proliferation of “ghost guns,” which are made from home using parts purchased online and do not have traceable serial numbers.

Biden will also give the Justice Department 60 days to issue a proposal on how to effectively regulate stabilizing braces, noting that the alleged Boulder shooter last March used a stabilizing brace, which turns a firearm into a short-barreled rifle.

Biden will also direct the Justice Department to publish, within 60 days, “red flag” legislations, which allow family members or law enforcement to petition to a state court to temporarily bar people from accessing firearms if they pose as a threat to others or themselves.

Biden will also direct the Justice Department to issue an annual “comprehensive” report on firearms trafficking, which has not been done since 2000.

Biden will also nominate David Chipman as the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

The administration also said that it is investing in evidence-based community violence interventions.

“The President is committed to taking action to reduce all forms of gun violence,” the White House stated.

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