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Biden To Sign Executive Orders Cracking Down On Gun Violence

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US President Joe Biden will move to crack down on gun violence on Thursday by issuing a suite of executive orders directing the Justice Department to limit the proliferation of guns and nominating a permanent head of the federal agency charged with battling illegal gun trafficking for the first time in years.

The orders and nomination come after months of waiting from advocates and after two recent mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado.

Biden will give the Justice Department 30 days to come up with a proposal to limit so-called “ghost guns,” which are made from kits containing nearly all of the different parts of a weapon without the serial number required by federal law. The administration said ghost guns are a “growing” problem for law enforcement agencies.

The department will also have 60 days to publish model “red flag” legislation for states; to craft a proposal making clear when a stabilsing brace pushes a pistol to effectively become a short-barrel rifle, which faces much tougher federal regulations; and will resume publishing an annual report on gun trafficking.

The administration is also directing federal agencies to quickly begin funneling resources toward community violence intervention programs in hopes of quelling an increase in homicides in many of the nation’s largest cities.

Collectively, the orders represent the administration’s initial effort to bring change to the nation’s largely permissive patchwork of gun laws without passing new........

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