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Analysis: Biden turns to limited executive actions on gun control with Congress at a standstill

April 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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President Joe Biden on Thursday will harness the powers of the presidency to advance a half-dozen executive actions on gun control, but they fall far short of the ambitious goals he outlined as a presidential candidate as the real fight still looms on Capitol Hill.

(CNN)President Joe Biden on Thursday will harness the powers of the presidency to advance a half-dozen executive actions on gun control, but they fall far short of the ambitious goals he outlined as a presidential candidate as the real fight still looms on Capitol Hill.

Democratic members of Congress held strategy sessions late last month to explore the most viable steps they could take on gun control, hoping to use public outrage about those recent shootings as a catalyst for legislative progress.

Even when emotions were still running high after the Atlanta and Boulder shootings last month, Manchin made it explicitly clear to CNN that he did not support two gun bills recently passed by the House -- one, H. R. 8, that would expand background checks on all firearm sales, and a second, H. R. 1446, closing the so-called Charleston Loophole that allows some licensed gun sales to be completed before a required background check is conducted.

The President plans to reiterate his call Thursday for Congress to renew the assault weapons ban and will ask lawmakers to advance the two recently passed House bills that would close loopholes in the gun background check system.

During his campaign, Biden said he would use his executive authority to ban the import of assault weapons, that he would provide more adequate funding for the nation's background check system and direct his attorney general within his first 100 days to outline steps for restructuring the ATF "to most effectively enforce our gun laws. "

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