Biden says gun violence in U.S. is an epidemic, unveils executive actions and calls for national red flag law

By Kevin Breuninger5 days ago

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Key Points

  • President Biden announced a series of executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence, while urging Congress to pass broader gun-control legislation.
  • The actions were unveiled in the wake of a recent spate of mass shootings across the country, including a deadly attack Thursday in South Carolina.
  • The actions direct the Justice Department to craft a rule addressing untraceable “ghost guns“ and to publish example “red flag“ legislation for states.
  • Biden also called for a national red-flag law.

President Joe Biden announced a series of executive actions on Thursday to reduce gun violence and urged Congress to pass broader gun-control legislation.

The bundle of actions, Biden's first attempt as president to tackle the fraught politics surrounding guns in America, was unveiled in the wake of a recent spate of mass shootings across the country, including Thursday in South Carolina, where five people were gunned down. In the past three weeks, other deadly mass shootings occurred in Georgia, Colorado and California.

“This is an epidemic, for God's sake, and it has to stop,“ Biden said in a Rose Garden speech.

The White House's moves include directing the Department of Justice to craft a rule addressing the spread of untraceable “ghost guns“ and publish an example of “red flag“ legislation for states to follow.

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