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US President Joe Biden will address gun violence

The administration has not given details of what Biden will announce, but Politico reported earlier that he will issue executive actions to restrict certain types of gun sales.

The Justice Department will also publish model red flag legislation within 60 days, which the administration says will make it easier for states to adopt their own red flag laws.

The actions come on the heels of increased gun violence in many United States cities and an uptick in mass shootings, including at a grocery store in Colorado where 10 people were killed and at Atlanta-area spas where eight people were killed.

The President plans to announce new executive actions on guns Thursday, a person familiar with the plans said.

John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, praised the administration's actions, particularly on ghost guns, saying that will "undoubtedly save countless lives". The database defines mass killings as four or more dead.

Standing out is a proposed new rule to "stop proliferation of ghost guns", as firearms built from home kits are known. The rule would designate pistols used with stabilizing braces as short-barrelled rifles, which, under the National Firearms Act, require a federal license to own and are subject to a more thorough application process and a $200 tax. Red flag laws allow family members or friends to alert authorities and seek a court order against someone obtaining a gun if they believe them to be a danger to themselves or others.

Biden did tuck some $5 billion to support community-based violence prevention programs in the $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure plan, but activists have been urging him to do more to stem gun violence. According to the statement, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms issued a firearms-trafficking report in 2000 that lawmakers still use today to draft policy.

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"It's a matter of timing", he said, when asked what actions he might take to tackle gun violence.

Biden has called on the Senate to pass House-approved legislation requiring more stringent background checks for all gun sales and transfers and giving the Federal Bureau of Investigation more time to conduct them, but has not taken further steps, to the frustration of gun violence prevention advocates.

Biden had also promised other actions he said he could take unilaterally, such as banning assault weapons from being imported, as well as fielding suggestions on how to reform the ATF and the federal gun safety background check system within his first 100 days in office, a period that ends on April 30.

Biden backed an assault weapons ban in 1994 when he was a senator.

"You will continue to hear the president call for Congress to pass legislation to reduce gun violence".

A senior Biden administration official who briefed reporters on Wednesday noted that moves are "an initial set of actions the administration is taking to address gun violence" and that further steps could come later.

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