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Biden's gun control executive orders: Live updates

April 8, 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 Biden plans to unveil an initial set of executive actions on gun control today, fulfilling a commitment he made in the aftermath of two deadly shootings last month. Follow here for the latest.

Ahead of President Biden introducing his actions on gun control, Vice President Kamala Harris said people on "both sides of the aisle want action" and noted her own experience with gun violence cases as a prosecutor.

Vice President Kamala Harris is delivering remarks on gun violence prevention from the White House Rose Garden alongside President Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland.

Administration officials have emphasized the announcements only amount to the first steps toward addressing gun violence, with later action — like a ban on assault weapons or rules requiring universal background checks — requiring Congress.

President Biden's steps on gun control are also expected to include nominating a gun control advocate to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

If confirmed, Chipman will lead the agency that enforces gun laws at a critical point in Biden's early tenure, as the President looks to take fresh action on the issue in the wake of two deadly shootings last month.

President Biden used the latest mass shooting last month to offer his most vocal push for gun control since taking office, saying the deaths of 10 people at a grocery store in Colorado should jolt Washington and the nation into action.

In somber remarks from the White House State Dining Room, he said he would do everything in his power to keep Americans safe and pushed a pair of House-passed gun reforms, including a universal background checks measure and an assault weapons ban.

March For Our Lives, the youth-led gun violence prevention organization that formed in the wake of the Parkland school shooting in 2018, welcomed President Biden’s initial actions on gun violence prevention, but is asking the President to take further measures against guns, the group said in a statement Thursday.

March For Our Lives says it is encouraged that Biden is addressing everyday gun violence during his first 100 days in office by planning to invest in intervention programs in violence-prone communities and tighten restrictions on so-called “ghost guns. ” 

But the group has also asked Biden to take further executive actions to close the “boyfriend loophole” — to prohibit dating partners convicted of assault or stalking from purchasing firearms — is calling on Biden to place more accountability on gun manufacturers and has asked Biden to appoint a Director of Gun Violence Prevention.

“Biden’s executive actions are a critical step forward to treating the gun violence epidemic as a public health crisis,” Daud Mumin, 19-year-old student board member of March For Our Lives, told CNN.

The FBI conducted more background checks for firearms purchases in March — a month in which several prominent mass shootings reignited America's conversation about gun control — than they have in any month so far this year.

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