Biden announces gun control measures

US President Joe Biden has announced measures to strengthen gun control amid a recent spate of mass shootings in the country. In March, eight people were killed in Georgia and 10 in Colorado.

Biden made the announcement on Thursday.

In his speech, the president said, "Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it's an international embarrassment." He also said, "I asked the Attorney General and his team to identify for me immediate, concrete actions."

The measures include moves to contain the proliferation of so-called "ghost guns."

Such guns are self-assembled from parts, do not require background checks and are untraceable as they have no serial numbers.

The administration will also take steps to introduce a scheme that would allow police officers or family members to ask for a court order preventing certain individuals from owning guns.

Biden also called on Congress to take legislative action to reduce gun violence. Republicans oppose tougher gun control.