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Live updates: Biden to announce first major actions as president on gun safety at Rose Garden event

Biden plans a major focus Thursday on “ghost guns” — devices without serial numbers that are sold in kits and assembled at home — as he announces a half-dozen executive actions focused on curbing gun violence.

Biden is scheduled to be joined in the Rose Garden by Vice President Harris, Attorney General Merrick Garland and first lady Jill Biden as he announces his first major presidential actions on guns, a top Democratic priority that has only become more urgent after recent mass shootings in Boulder, Colo., and the Atlanta area.

Biden will also formally announce that he is nominating ­David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Chipman is a veteran ATF special agent who has served for five years as senior policy adviser at Giffords, an advocacy group led by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was injured in a 2011 mass shooting.

Biden’s schedule on Thursday also includes a briefing on the pandemic, as he seeks to maintain a focus on combating the coronavirus at a time when new infections are climbing even though more Americans are getting vaccinated.

At an event Wednesday, Biden stressed that he is open to compromise with Republicans on how to pay for his $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure package, but he insisted that inaction was unacceptable.

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