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You likely will hear the term 'ghost guns' today. Here's what it means

April 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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President Joe Biden is expected to direct his administration to tighten restrictions on so-called ghost guns as part of a series of actions related to gun safety on Thursday.

(CNN)President Joe Biden is expected to direct his administration to tighten restrictions on so-called ghost guns as part of a series of actions related to gun safety on Thursday.

Ghost guns are self-assembled firearms, often put together with parts sold onlineThey don't have serial numbersPurchases of kits or individual parts does not require a background check, meaning they can essentially be bought by anyoneSome ghost guns can be fabricated in as little as 30 minutes using kits and parts purchased online

Biden is directing the Justice Department to issue a proposed rule to "stop the proliferation" of those weapons, though a senior administration official previewing the action on Wednesday declined to elaborate on how specifically the rule -- due in 30 days -- might work.

The move is in line with recommendations from gun safety advocacy groups who are consulting with the White House, including Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence.

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

Gun safety advocates say that the Biden administration can take action almost immediately to address a number of issues Biden brought up on the campaign trail.

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