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Debra Alfarone reports on President Biden taking executive action to address recent spike in deadly gun violence (4-8-2021)
LEN KIESE: President Biden just announced executive actions on new gun safety measures. CBS reporter Debra Alfarone tells us about the plan of action.
DEBRA ALFARONE: President Biden is taking steps on his own to enact new gun safety measures.
JOE BIDEN: We have an opportunity to fulfill the first responsibility of government-- to keep our people safe.
DEBRA ALFARONE: Today's actions include orders for the Justice Department to draft red flag legislation that states can model to keep guns out of the hands of people facing mental health issues. The department will also have 30 days to create new rules addressing ghost guns, self-assembled weapons that require no serial number. And President Biden wants a 60-day review of how stabilizing braces for pistols are regulated. A stabilizing brace was used in last month's boulder Colorado mass shooting. The accessory enables pistols to fire like short barreled rifles and makes them more accurate.
- Greater stability means greater accuracy and control.
DEBRA ALFARONE: The White House says today's actions are just a first step.
JOE BIDEN: They've offered plenty of thoughts and prayers, members of Congress. But they've passed not a single new federal law to reduce gun violence.
DEBRA ALFARONE: President Biden also plans to name a gun control advocate to head up the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. David Chipman, a former ATF agent, has been an advisor to the gun control organization set up by former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
JOE BIDEN: Vice President Harris and I believe he's the right person at this moment for this important agency.
DEBRA ALFARONE: The NRA issued a statement saying it will fight this nomination and ill-conceived executive actions. Debra Alfarone, CBS News, the White House.