President Joe Biden is pushing through executive actions that specifically address gun violence.
According to the Associated Press, on Thursday, Biden spoke about the series of orders which he says do not restrict the Second Amendment right to bear arms but instead offer safety measures on guns.
"This is not a partisan issue among the American people. This is a view by the American people as an American issue. And I'm willing to work with anyone to get these done. And it's long past time that we act," Biden said.
One such action was for "ghost guns," handmade firearms that do not have serial numbers, CNN reports. In some cases, people can buy kits online to self-assemble the guns, or they can purchase the individual parts online. These purchases do not require a background check.
In his executive order, Biden asks the Justice Department to "stop the proliferation" of the "ghost guns" and asks that those firearms require background checks and serial numbers.
Biden also proposed a rule that using stabilizing braces for pistols will require registration. A Biden official told CNN that the stabilizing devices turn pistols into short-barreled rifles with greater accuracy and less recoil. The shooter in Boulder, Colorado, used a pistol with a stabilizing brace.
Biden announced the proposed laws Thursday from the Rose Garden alongside his attorney general, Merrick Garland. The Justice Department will be responsible for drafting the proposed rules.
"I am under no illusions about how hard it is to solve the problem of gun violence," Garland said in remarks at the White House today. "And I know that the Department of Justice alone cannot solve the problem. It is a problem that we must all work on together in the collective effort to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and save lives."
Biden is also asking the Justice Department to publish model "red flag" laws for states to allow for the temporary removal of guns from people who are deemed high risk.
He also said he would like to see new investments in intervention programs in high-violence areas and a comprehensive report on firearms trafficking.
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