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Biden tightens some gun controls, says much more needed

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WASHINGTON (AP) — In President Joe Biden's first notable gun control measures, he has announced executive actions aimed at addressing what the White House calls a “gun violence public health epidemic.

In his actions announced Thursday, 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-control advocates praised the actions but said much more must be done in Congress — where chances are much dimmer.


WASHINGTON (AP) — They're the first major gun control measures from President Joe Biden since he took office.

He's announcing executive actions Thursday aimed at addressing what the White House calls a “gun violence public health epidemic.

Biden also is nominating David Chipman, a former federal agent and adviser at the gun control group Giffords, to be director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Biden has faced increasing pressure to act after a recent series of mass shootings, but the White House has repeatedly emphasized the need for legislative action.

While the House passed a background-check bill last month, gun control measures face slim prospects in an evenly divided Senate, where Republicans remain near-unified against most proposals.

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