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Wed Apr 7, 2021, 11:41 PM

Biden to take first limited steps on gun control, including on 'ghost guns' and pistol braces

(CNN)President Joe Biden will take his first, limited actions on gun control Thursday, directing his administration to tighten restrictions on so-called ghost guns and pistol stabilizing braces that allow the weapons to be used more accurately, according to a senior administration official.

The steps -- which also include nominating a gun control advocate to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives -- fulfill a commitment Biden made in the aftermath of two deadly shootings last month to take "common sense" steps right away to address gun violence.

But they fall short of the sweeping actions Biden promised as a candidate that must be passed by Congress, including a ban on assault weapons or enacting universal background checks. Senior administration officials framed the upcoming announcements as initial steps that would be followed by additional actions later on, including applying pressure on lawmakers to act.

Biden said last month following a mass shooting in Colorado, "I don't need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense steps that will save lives in the future." But he has acknowledged that passing a massive new infrastructure plan and not new gun laws is his top legislative priority.


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