Biden Announces Six Gun Control Executive Actions

Headline Roundup April 8th, 2021

The Biden administration announced six “initial actions” on Thursday to address gun violence in America following mass shootings in Atlanta, Georgia and Boulder, Colorado. The actions include requiring background checks for “ghost guns,” untraceable guns made from parts bought online; categorizing pistols with arm brace modifications—like the one allegedly used in the Boulder shooting—as “rifles” under the National Firearms Act; publishing model “red flag” legislation for states; investing in “evidence-based community violence interventions”; directing the Justice Department to issue an annual firearms trafficking report; and nominating David Chipman, a gun control advocate, to serve as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

This story received mostly similar coverage from across the spectrum, with most coverage describing the actions as relatively moderate compared to other gun control proposals. Some coverage in right-rated outlets portrayed the actions as more extreme, focusing on issues like the popular “AR-15-style” pistols facing greater regulation.

Biden Announces Six Gun Control Executive Actions

From the Left
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President Joe Biden is trying to limit "ghost guns" and make it easier for people to flag family members who shouldn't be allowed to purchase firearms with a series of executive actions taken Thursday in the wake of recent mass shootings.

Efforts to find bipartisan agreement for popular gun control measures have fizzled, even as lawmakers expressed openness to provisions like tightening background checks.

The actions by Biden are limited and will still likely face legal opposition from gun rights advocates, who view any efforts to limit access as a...

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From the Center
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President Biden on Thursday decried the epidemic of gun violence in America as an "international embarrassment" as he rolled out a series of executive actions intended to address the issue.

"Nothing I’m about to recommend in any way impinges on the Second Amendment," Biden said in the Rose Garden. "They're phony arguments suggesting these are Second Amendment rights at stake with what we’re talking about. But no amendment, no amendment to the Constitution is absolute."

"So the idea is just bizarre to suggest that some of the things we’re recommending...

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From the Right
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President Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled six executive actions intended to address what his administration calls the current "gun violence public health epidemic" facing America. Included among the actions were forthcoming regulations on so-called "ghost guns" — makeshift weapons which can be assembled at home or that lack a serial number — and model "red flag" laws.

The actions come nearly 80 days into Biden's presidency, despite the president's long-standing intent to initiate gun reform and pressure from gun control advocates to enact measures to restrict firearm access earlier. In...

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