Biden unveiled 6 executive actions to curb gun violence, including model ‘red flag’ laws and action on ‘ghost guns’

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President Joe Biden announced Wednesday a series of actions his administration is taking to address gun violence in the US.

“The President is committed to taking action to reduce all forms of gun violence — community violence, mass shootings, domestic violence, and suicide by firearm,” the White House said in a statement.

The actions come on the heels of increased gun violence in many US 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.

“President Biden is reiterating his call for Congress to pass legislation to reduce gun violence,” the statement said. “But this Administration will not wait for Congress to act to take its own steps — fully within the Administration’s authority and the Second Amendment — to save lives.”

The actions, which do not have to go through Congress, include tackling “ghost guns,” drafting model “red flag” laws, and a firearms-trafficking report.

“Ghost guns” are firearms that are built at home by buying individual parts or kits that contain the parts. They are fully functioning guns that do not have a serial number or other identifying information, making them difficult to trace when recovered after a crime.

Biden is giving the Justice Department 30 days to draft a proposed rule that would “help stop the proliferation of these firearms.”

The Justice Department also has 60 days to draft model “red flag” legislation for states. Red flag laws allow family members or friends to alert authorities and seek a court order against someone obtaining a gun if they believe them to be a danger to themselves or others. Biden is encouraging Congress to pass a federal red flag law but wants model legislation for states working to pass their own laws.

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Source:: Businessinsider

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