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These are the actions on gun control Biden is expected to announce today

April 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 23: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks about Monday's mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, in the State Dining Room at the White House on March 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. Ten people were shot and killed at the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder and police have charged Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa of Arvada, a suburb of Denver, with first-degree murder. This massacre comes less than a week after another mass shooting killed eight people — six of them women of Asian descent — at three spas in the Atlanta area. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Biden will take his first, limited actions on gun control today, directing his administration to tighten restrictions on so-called ghost guns and pistol stabilizing braces that allow the weapons to be used more accurately.

Biden executive actions on guns

By Melissa Macaya, Melissa Mahtani, Veronica Rocha, Mike Hayes and Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

President Biden will take his first, limited actions on gun control today, directing his administration to tighten restrictions on so-called ghost guns and pistol stabilizing braces that allow the weapons to be used more accurately.

Biden will make the announcement today at 11:45 a. m. ET from the White House alongside his attorney general, Merrick Garland, whose Justice Department will be responsible for drafting the proposed rules.

The steps — which also include nominating a gun control advocate to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — fulfill a commitment Biden made in the aftermath of two deadly shootings last month to take "common sense" steps right away to address gun violence.

But they fall short of the sweeping actions Biden promised as a candidate that must be passed by Congress, including a ban on assault weapons or enacting universal background checks.

Senior administration officials framed the upcoming announcements as initial steps that would be followed by additional actions later on, including applying pressure on lawmakers to act.

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

Taken together, the actions amount to the first real steps by Biden's administration to combat gun violence.

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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