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White House communications director Kate Bedingfield on Thursday said that President Biden would be the first to say forthcoming executive actions on guns are "not enough" as she pressed Congress to act on gun reform measures.
Bedingfield, speaking on CNN's "New Day," reiterated that the six actions Biden will take on Thursday will be initial steps in the White House's effort to address gun violence and mass shootings, indicating more actions are to come.
"These are all really important steps that he can take within his authority as president, but he would be the first to say this is not enough and Congress needs to move forward, for example, on the bipartisan background check bills that are in front of them because the majority of the American people believe that we need sensible gun reform," Bedingfield said.
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Biden plans to announce executive actions on gun control aimed at taking certain guns out of the hands of criminals.
"He'd be the first to say this is not enough,"- New Day (@NewDay) Kate Bedingfield says. "But...these kinds of regulations will help prevent shootings moving forward"
Biden is announcing at an event later Thursday that the Justice Departmentmeant to restrict the proliferation of "ghost guns," publish a model "red flag" law that could be adopted by states, and publish an annual report on firearms trafficking.
The Biden administration is also bolstering investments in community violence intervention programs and Biden will name David Chipman, a veteran ATF agent and gun safety advocate, as his nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
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Biden has been under growing pressure to unveil measures to address gun violence in the wake of two mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Colo., that occurred within a week of one another in March.
In addition to planning executive orders, Biden has alsoand high-capacity magazines and close loopholes in the background check system by approving two House-passed bills that have yet to be voted on in the Senate. Congress is slated to return to Washington next week and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has made clear that gun control will be on the agenda.
But it remains unclear whether any substantive gun safety measures can be passed, given the large partisan divides that exist on how to tackle the issue. Republicans have long been averse to passing significant gun control measures and such efforts have failed in the wake of other devastating mass shootings.
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The president on Thursday spoke at the White House about gun control, and twice referred to the ATF as the AFT - a slip that was seized upon by his critics.'Today, I'm proud to nominate David Chipman to serve as the director of the AFT,' he said. 'David knows the AFT well.