‘Enough’: Biden takes aim at ghost guns, calling mass shootings an ‘international embarrassment’

'Enough': Biden takes aim at ghost guns, calling mass shootings an 'international embarrassment'

President Joe Biden unveiled a slate of gun actions on Thursday aimed at targeting untraceable firearms known as "ghost guns" and pressing the Justice Department to advance measures to stem gun violence. Biden is using his executive authority to target loopholes on ghost guns; push for nationwide legislation allowing police or family members to petition a court to temporarily remove a gun from someone’s possession; modifiers used to convert pistols to short-barreled rifles; and targeting gun violence in urban communities. “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic,” Biden said in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday. “And it’s an international embarrassment. … Enough, enough, enough.” The president was joined by Attorney General Merrick Garland, members of Congress, and victims of gun violence, including parents of a Sandyhook victim, a survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting, and former Democratic Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords. "Nothing I’m about to recommend in any way impinges on the Second Amendment," Biden said, calling these "phony arguments." "But no amendment to the Constitution is absolute," he said, adding that yelling "fire" in a crowded theater is not covered by the First Amendment’s free speech rights. The president is not yet proposing legislation, however, despite several deadly mass shootings in recent weeks. The measures were previewed by a senior administration official on Wednesday. Biden’s first order targets self-assembled weapons that can be purchased outside of typical regulatory measures targeting guns. "I want to see these kits treated as firearms under the Gun Control Act, […]

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