Biden’s gun actions could have a positive, if limited, impact, experts say

Biden's gun actions could have a positive, if limited, impact, experts say

WASHINGTON — The man who shot and killed 10 people in Boulder, Colorado, last month used a stabilizing brace for his semi-automatic pistol, which makes a weapon more accurate. One of the executive actions President Joe Biden announced to curb gun violence could make it more difficult to obtain such accessories. The move was one of several executive actions Biden rolled out last week, which he signaled he would pursue in the wake of the shootings in Boulder and the Atlanta area last month. Gun violence experts and advocates pushing for tighter firearm restrictions say that Biden’s unilateral actions could lead to some reduction in gun violence but that congressional action would be needed for substantial changes — a prospect that appears dim in the closely divided Congress. Gun violence has skyrocketed in recent years. The Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit group that tracks gun violence in the U.S., found that more than 19,000 people died in gun homicides last year, the most in more than two decades , up by nearly 25 percent from 2019. Biden announces executive orders to ‘curb the epidemic of gun violence’ April 8, 202105:39 Among his executive actions last week, Biden directed the Justice Department to propose a rule to curb the proliferation of so-called ghost guns, which can be built at home from kits to create working firearms without serial numbers, making them untraceable. Experts say the guns are becoming more popular among militia groups, such as members of the far-right boogaloo […]

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