President Joe Biden unveiled several executive actions on Thursday aimed at curbing gun violence, including measures on unregistered firearms that can be assembled from parts, commonly referred to as “ghost guns.” Biden announced the measures in the White House Rose Garden, accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris and Attorney General Merrick Garland, saying, “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic and an international embarrassment.” Biden called gun violence in the United States a “public health crisis,” and “epidemic” and an “international embarrassment.”
Biden urged Congress to revive a ban on assault weapons and large capacity gun magazines, adding, “This is not a partisan issue among the American people,” Biden said. “And I’m willing to work with anyone to get these done. And it’s long past time that we act.” Biden also urged the Senate to immediately pass three bills already adopted by the House to close gun loopholes, including an expansion of universal background checks. “Enough prayers. Time for some action,” he said.
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