President Joe Biden and his Attorney General Merrick Garland announced measures to address gun violence in the United States on Thursday, in what White House described as a first step in curbing mass shootings, bloodshed and suicide

Joe Biden
[President Joe Biden]

The new measures include the Department of Justice's plans to combat "ghost firearms" made for themselves, and to make "stable weapons" - which effectively turn guns into firearms - subject to registration under the National Arms Act.

Biden said he would ask the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to issue an annual report on gun trafficking in the United States, and to make it easier for states to adopt "Red Flag" laws marking vulnerable people with guns.


Gun control

Biden also outlined the ambitions that need to be supported by Congress in order to achieve them, including the re-enactment of a Red Flag-based arms embargo.

"Today we are taking steps to address not only the gun problem, but actually the public health problem," He said, addressing the Rose Garden to a packed audience of family members of gun violence. He mentioned another mass shooting in South Carolina this week.

President Joe Biden considered USA's 'gun loving ' and 'gun violence ' as a pandemic. 

Biden, a Democrat with a long history of promoting gun control, came under pressure to tighten his grip on a series of shootings in Colorado and Georgia.


President Joe Biden
[US President Joe Biden]      


Biden announced the measures along with Vice President Kamala Harris and Merrick Garland, who said Biden would prioritize gun violence as head of the Department of Justice.

"We've had more disasters than we can handle," Harris said. "People on both sides of things want to be done .... So what's left is the will and the courage to do something."

Garland said the Department of Justice would be rethinking the way it analyzes criminal cases and investigations to try to learn more about modern methods of smuggling guns.

"Modern guns are no longer just thrown away or counterfeit, but they can also be made of plastic, printed on a 3D printer, or sold with homemade kits," Garland said to Reuters. 

Gun control is a divisive issue in the United States, which has had a high rate of mass shootings in schools and other public places for decades and fresh cases like California. 

Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the right to bear arms, and the state's efforts to restrict who can buy guns or how to handle them have been challenged in court by armed groups.

Source : Reuters 

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