© Reuters. U.S. President Biden hosts White House occasion to announce efforts to curb gun violence in Washington
By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden and his Attorney General Merrick Garland introduced restricted measures to sort out gun violence within the United States on Thursday, in what the White House described as a primary step to curb mass shootings, neighborhood bloodshed and suicides.
The new measures embody plans for the Justice Department to crack down on self-assembled “ghost guns,” and make “stabilizing braces” – which successfully flip pistols into rifles – topic to registration beneath the National Firearms Act.
Biden stated he’ll ask the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to launch an annual report on firearms trafficking within the United States, and make it simpler for states to undertake “Red Flag” laws that flag at-risk people who personal weapons.
Biden additionally outlined extra bold objectives that he wants the support of Congress to accomplish, together with reintroducing a ban on assault weapons and passing a nationwide Red Flag regulation.
“Today we’re taking steps to confront not just the gun crisis, but what is actually a public health crisis,” Biden stated, talking within the Rose Garden to an viewers stuffed with members of the family of victims of gun violence. He famous one other mass capturing in South Carolina this week.
“This is an epidemic, for God’s sake, and it has to stop,” Biden stated.
Biden, a Democrat who has an extended historical past of advocating for gun restrictions, has come beneath strain to step up motion after latest mass shootings in Colorado and Georgia.
Biden introduced the measures alongside Vice President Kamala Harris and Merrick Garland, who Biden stated would prioritize gun violence as head of the Department of Justice.
“We’ve had more tragedy than we can bear,” Harris stated. “People on both sides of the aisle want action …. So all that is left is the will and the courage to act.”
Garland stated the Justice Department will probably be rethinking the way in which that it analyzes legal instances and investigations to strive study extra about trendy gun-trafficking patterns.
“Modern guns are not simply cast or forged anymore, but can also be made of plastic, printed on a 3D printer, or sold in self-assembly kits,” Garland stated.
Gun management is a divisive problem within the United States, which has skilled a big variety of lethal mass shootings at colleges and different public venues for many years.
The U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment protects the correct to bear arms, and state makes an attempt to limit who should buy weapons or how they will carry them have been challenged in court docket by pro-gun foyer teams.
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