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Biden to announce new executive actions on guns

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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President Joe Biden delivers remarks about vaccinations, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden plans to announce new executive actions on guns on Thursday, a person familiar with the plans said, fulfilling a commitment he made in the aftermath of two deadly shootings last month.

(CNN)President Joe Biden plans to announce new executive actions on guns on Thursday, a person familiar with the plans said, fulfilling a commitment he made in the aftermath of two deadly shootings last month.

Biden has been considering requiring background checks on so-called ghost guns along with other measures that would strengthen existing gun laws.

Biden said last month following a mass shooting in Colorado, "I don't need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense steps that will save lives in the future. "

The action would officially classify them as firearms, therefore requiring a background check, according to administration officials.

The administration had also been considering action in other areas, including to alert law enforcement agencies when someone fails a federal background check.

Gun control advocates say background check alerts could potentially flag troubled or criminal individuals who are trying to access weapons.

Following last month's shootings, Biden called on Congress to take steps like re-enacting an assault weapons ban.

While campaigning, Biden had said he would task his attorney general with instituting better enforcement of existing gun laws as a means of slowing gun violence.

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