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The Biden-Harris administration today announced a series of executive actions to tackle the gun violence epidemic, including significant investment in community violence interventions; rules to help stop the spread of untraceable ghost guns and appropriately regulate stabilizing braces, which modify a gun to make it more lethal; and a plan to publish model state legislation for extreme risk protection orders (ERPO). President Biden is also nominating David Chipman, who has a background in gun violence prevention work, to serve as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF).

These actions are a massive win for all Americans and a testament to the work of young organizers—particularly Black and Brown organizers, who have been advocates on this issue for decades—to elevate the urgent need for bold action to end the gun violence epidemic. The administration’s investment in community violence interventions in particular, which has been a priority for Generation Progres and many other youth-led organizations, reflects an understanding from this administration of the need to both reduce access to guns as well as address the root causes of gun violence.  

In response, Generation Progress Executive Director, Brent J. Cohen, issued the following statement:

“Today, President Biden used his authority to take decisive executive action to address our nation’s gun violence epidemic. Young Americans, who are disproportionately impacted by gun violence, have been calling on decision-makers at every level of government to take this type of bold life-saving action. We applaud the Biden-Harris administration for working with community leaders and advocates across the country in taking these momentous initial actions and look forward to continued partnership on this critical issue. 

At the same time, we echo the renewed call from President Biden for Congress to stop obstructing life-saving legislation, implement more far-reaching and permanent solutions to reduce gun violence, and invest further in the communities most impacted. Young people will continue to apply pressure on decision makers at all levels of government until that happens.” 

For more information or to speak with an expert, contact Emily Leach at eleach@americanprogress.org.

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