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WASHINGTON (AP) â ???? President Joe Biden held a modest White House ceremony on Thursday to announce half a dozen executive actions to tackle what he called an “epidemic and international embarrassment” gun violence in America

But he said a lot more was needed.And while Biden had come up with the most ambitious gun control program of any modern presidential candidate, his decisions underscored his limited power to act alone on guns with tough policy hampering legislative action on Capitol Hill

Biden’s new steps include move to crack down on ‘ghost guns’ Homemade firearms devoid of serial numbers, used to trace them, and often purchased without a background check It also plans to tighten regulations on pistol stabilizer devices like the one used in Boulder, Colo., in a shootout the month last one that killed 10 people

The president’s actions have given concrete expression to his commitment last month to take what he called immediate “common sense steps” to tackle gun violence, after a series of mass shootings drew renewed attention to the issue His announcement came the day after another episode, this one in South Carolina, where five people were killed. been killed

But his orders fall far short of some of his biggest campaign proposals, including his pledge to ban the import of assault weapons, his membership in a voluntary arms buyback program, and his pledge to provide resources to the Department of Justice and the FBI to better enforce current national gun laws and track guns

And while gun control advocates hailed Thursday’s measures as an important first step in tackling gun violence, they also recognized that action by lawmakers on Capitol Hill was needed to bring lasting change

– Some of the other most important articles are legislative, â ???? said Josh Horowitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence And it’s going to be very difficultâ ????

Biden mentioned a formidable list of priorities he would like Congress to tackle, including passing the violence against women law, eliminating exemptions from prosecution for gunmakers to fire and the ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines He also called on the Senate to take the steps the House has adopted to address the deficiencies in the background check

But with an equally divided Senate – and any gun control legislation requiring 60 votes to pass Democrats should keep all members of their narrow majority on board while somehow adding 10 Republicans

Horowitz said “it’s hard to think” who these Republicans would be, and while that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to move on to gun control “we” are going to have to change some of the people who sit on it. in the Senateâ ????

Gun control advocates say the National Rifle Association’s legal and financial woes have significantly weakened the powerful pro-gun lobby and helped reverse the public trend in favor of certain restrictions on gun ownership fire They say a change in public perception will eventually trickle down to Republicans on Capitol Hill

But so far that has not materialized in the votes The House passed two bills in March, largely in a party sense, that would expand and strengthen background checks for firearms sales and transfers, a decision that enjoys wide public support But most Republicans say tighter controls could take guns away from law-abiding gun owners

A small, bipartisan group of senators are trying to find a compromise based on a 2013 deal that would have extended background checks to gun shows and internet sales, but was later rejected by five votes Connecticut Democrat Sen Chris Murphy said at a rally in his state last week that he talks to his colleagues every day to strike a deal and believes the public is more supportive of the changes than ever before.

Murphy acknowledged last weekend on NBC’s â ???? Meet the Pressâ ???? that the background check bill that was passed in the House is unlikely to succeed in the Senate, but he suggested a more narrowly tailored bill, and said he was working on s’ press this legislation to gain Republican support

– You’re going to have to make reasonable accommodations if you want 10 Republican votes. And I’m already talking to Republicans who don’t want to sit at the table, â € “ he said

Even some of the limited moves Biden took on Thursday had already made their way into the bureaucracy

The federal government has been working on a proposed rule that would change the definition of a firearm to include inferior receivers, the essential part of a semi-automatic rifle, in an effort to combat the proliferation of ” ghost guns’ ??? and avoid losing legal battles on the issue

The process began in the final months of the Trump administration, according to four people familiar with the matter Justice Department officials and officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had been working on wording for a draft rule since at least summer 2020, they said

The proposal had gone through multiple levels of scrutiny by agency lawyers last fall, and ATF officials met with gunmakers and others to discuss the possibility of expanding the definition of a firearm, people said

They were unable to publicly discuss details of the process and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity

Although Biden said the steps he took on Thursday were just the start of his administration’s actions against guns, it’s unclear what other steps he will agree to – ???? or able â ???? take

With Biden already focused on going over his $ 2.3 trillion infrastructure, after delivering a massive COVID-19 relief bill, it’s unclear how much political capital he has to spend to get check bills guns across the finish line When asked last month if he feels he has the political clout to pass new gun laws, Biden told reporters: ‘I don’t don’t know ” I haven’t counted yet ????

Some activists, while praising Biden for his executive actions on Thursday, said they wanted to see him more actively involved in the fight on Capitol Hill

– I think he should engage directly and I think he should count the votes I’m not sure what he is expecting, â ???? said Igor Volsky, executive director of Guns Down America

Volsky said his group would like to see Biden present a full package of reforms focused on gun violence, similar to what the administration has done on immigration And he said Biden “could do more using the presidential bully” communicate with the public the need for gun control measures and lobby Congress to act

As he pointed out during the election campaign, on several occasions there is no time to wait to act on this issue So my opinion is that this should be a priority for him, â? ??? Volsky said

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