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Biden tightens some gun controls, says violence epidemic ‘has to stop’

WASHINGTON, DC -- In President Joe Biden’s first notable gun control measures, he announced executive actions on Thursday aimed at addressing what the White House calls a “gun violence public health epidemic." 

Biden's limited steps come three weeks after three mass shootings and with his administration under pressure to act.

In his actions, Biden is tightening regulations for “ghost guns” — homemade firearms that usually are assembled from parts without serial numbers — and tightening regulations on pistol-stabilizing braces, like the one used by the Boulder, Colorado shooter in a rampage last month that left 10 dead. 

"Gun violence in this country is an epidemic," Biden said in remarks delivered in the White House Rose Garden before an audience of gun-control advocates and Democratic lawmakers who have pushed for gun control legislation on Capitol Hill. "It’s an international embarrassment," he said.

The gun-control advocates praised Biden's executive actions but said much more must be done in Congress — where chances are much dimmer.

Biden, too, acknowledged he can only do so much without cooperation from lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

"I asked the attorney general and his team to identify for me immediate concrete actions I could take now without having to go through the Congress," Biden said.

He later conceded that repealing immunity for gun manufacturers, which would require legislation, is a main priority, and something he wished he could do now. Biden promised on the campaign trail to send such a bill to Congress on the first day of his administration, but has yet to do so.

"If I get one thing on my list, the Lord came down and said, Joe, you get one of these, give me that one," Biden said. "Because I tell you what, there would be a come to the Lord moment these folks would have real quickly."

The president, who was joined by Attorney General Merrick Garland, also announced his nomination of David Chipman to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Chipman, a former ATF agent, has most recently served as a high-profile gun control advocate with the gun control advocacy group named for former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., who was shot in the head in a 2011 shooting in her district while meeting with constituents.

Biden also called for investments in evidence-based community violence intervention, asked the U.S. Department Of Justice to publish model "red flag" legislation for states within 60 days and issued a new annual report on firearms trafficking, which hasn't been done since 2000.

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.

The president's current moves are limited and it remains unclear how effective they will be or if they will face any legal challenges.

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  1. I don’t need a stabilizing brace Joe! Even though long retired, the Navy taught me marksmanship that still holds me in good stead today. I passed it down to my sons & daughters. Even at 75 years old, I can still put 10 shots centre mass at 50 feet.

    1. And what of your brothers in arms that sacrificed actual parts of themselves? Because you are whole should others with physical disabilities have their options taken away?

      1. I think you’re missing the point. Joe’s ban has nothing to do disabled shooters. He wants to ban attachments that would make pistols into short barreled carbines, similar to some German Luger P-08’s issued to artillerymen during WWII. And by the way, I have nothing but respect and admiration for disabled veterans. There but for the grace of God, go I.

  2. Let’s BAN IDIOTS IN GOVERNMENT and HAVE BACKGROUND CHECKS ON POLITICIANS! There’d be NO DEMOCRAPS, SOCIALISTS, or LEFTISTS LEFT!!!

  3. I watched as that feeble old man had to pre-think before he spoke, we are screwed. For whatever reason they think stopping gun shows and online sales will do something to stop insane people from killing other’s, ignorance is bliss for the Socialist Democratic Party. The Red Flag law will only get you people calling in on their neighbors that they don’t like or the biker down the street because he does’nt look like us syndrome.

  4. As hundreds of ARMED GUNMEN, I mean GUARDS patrol the fenced in PEOPLE’S BUILDING to protect the TYRANTS OF THIS ILLEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT!!! The illegitimate opens the borders for the illegals and want to disarm the LEGAL people!

  5. A little background about Joe Biden’s son…Hunter Biden.

    Hunter was discharged from the U.S. Navy Reserve in 2014 after he tested positive for cocaine. On October 12, 2018, Hunter Biden filled out the required BATFE Form 4473 in order to purchase a 38 caliber revolver in Delaware. The form asks on Line 21e, “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?” Hunter answered “no” to this question. Lying on a form 4473 is two separate felonies.

    An April 1, 2020 USA Today piece on Hunter’s memoir contained the following summary of some of its contents… In the spring of 2018, he used his “superpower – finding crack anytime, anywhere” – in Los Angeles. He later learned how to cook drugs” he writes. “I was smoking crack every 15 minutes,” he writes. Biden returned to the East Coast in the fall of 2018, again wanting to get better, though that didn’t happen.

    As part of the cover-up of his crimes involving Form 4473, in late 2018 the Secret Service was sent to the licensed Delaware gun seller and demanded he give them Hunter’s Form 4473. He refused, and handed it over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, which oversees federal gun laws.

    To this date, Hunter Biden has never been charged for the crime of lying on Form 4473. So apparently, gun laws don’t apply to Dem politicians and their families.

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