US President Joe Biden has signed a series of executive orders to reduce gun violence in the country. The measures include tightening regulations on so-called “ghost guns,” which are homemade firearms that lack serial numbers and regulating the sale of stabilizing braces that can turn pistols into rifles. The President also called on Congress to pass legislation to expand background checks and ban assault weapons.
The executive orders come in the wake of a spate of mass shootings across the US, including one in Boulder, Colorado, where ten people were killed. President Biden said the measures were a “first step” in addressing gun violence in America but acknowledged that they were limited in scope and that further action was needed. The move has been praised by gun control advocates but has drawn criticism from some gun rights groups and Republican lawmakers who argue that the measures infringe on the Second Amendment.
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Primary Source: BBC
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