OnPolitics: Biden takes on gun control

President Joe Biden called for swift action on gun control legislation in the wake of the mass shootings in Colorado and Georgia in March.

Today Biden took it one step farther, unveiling six executive actions on curbing gun violence. 

It’s Mabinty, with the news of the day. Let’s do this. 

What is Biden *actually* going to do on gun control? 

“Gun violence in this country is an epidemic,” Biden said during remarks in the White House Rose Garden, calling it an “international embarrassment.” 

The president unveiled his first major steps to address gun violence on Thursday, directing his administration to tighten restrictions on so-called ghost guns, or untraceable weapons that can be constructed from parts purchased online:

  • Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department would propose a rule within 30 days to close a regulatory loophole that allows ghost guns, which lack serial numbers, to be purchased without a background check. 
  • Garland said the administration also plans to tighten regulations on the kind of stabilizing braces for pistols used in last month’s Boulder, Colorado, shooting that left 10 people dead.
  • Other actions include directing five federal agencies to make changes to 26 different programs to direct vital support to community violence intervention programs as quickly as possible.
  • The president also directed the Justice Department to publish model “red flag” legislation for states that want to enact such laws that enable courts to temporarily bar people in crisis from accessing firearms if they may hurt themselves or others.
  • Biden will also sign an order directing the Justice Department to issue an annual report on firearms trafficking, which the ATF has not done since 2000. 

Phew. Sound like a lot? That’s because it is.

(Plus, Biden announced his nomination of David Chipman as the director of the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.)

  • Americans back tougher gun laws, but GOP support plummets even after Atlanta, Boulder shootings, exclusive poll finds

Will the Capitol riot mark a return to fortress policing?

Three months after the Capitol riot, some of the hardest lessons learned in the wake of the insurrection have been applied by law enforcement authorities across the country. 

Officials in several state capitals have fortified their defenses to guard against potentially violent demonstrations timed to the presidential inauguration. In Pennsylvania, heavily armed officers in tactical gear patrol the three main entrances to the Capitol. 

More news to know: 

  • Trump blasts Georgia election law as ‘too weak,’ continuing attacks on Kemp, Raffensperger as ‘RINOS’
  • Joel Greenberg, indicted tax collector tied to Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz,working on plea deal
  • Migrant encounters up 71% in Marchas Biden administration grapples with border
  • Sen. Joe Manchin: ‘No circumstance in which I will vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster’

Cheer up friends. It’s almost Friday! —Mabinty 

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