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Biden takes aim at gun violence

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Thursday, President Joe Biden is expected to announce a number of executive orders as gun legislation remains stalled in Congress. ABC News’ Faith Abubey reports.

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FAITH ABUBEY: After three mass shootings in three weeks, President Biden this morning following through with his promise to take on gun violence.

JOE BIDEN: I don't need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense steps that'll save the lives in the future.

FAITH ABUBEY: The president is expected to announce six executive orders on guns today. They include asking the Justice Department to crack down on so-called ghost guns, firearms assembled with a 3D printer from parts purchased online.

AVERY GARDINER: The internet has plans to 3D print any kind of weapon anybody wants, with printers that make that incredibly easy for someone to do in only a few hours in their garage or in their living room.

FAITH ABUBEY: The president will also call for investments in community violence intervention programs, a new annual report on firearms trafficking, which hasn't been compiled since 2000, and he'll encourage states to adopt red flag laws which allow police or family members to petition courts to temporarily remove guns from people in crisis.

There'll be no legislative proposal from Biden today. But Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has vowed to take action, overhauling gun laws, including trying to pass stricter background checks.

CHARLES SCHUMER: This time is going to be different. A Democratic majority in the Senate is going to act. I have committed to put legislation to expand background checks on the floor of the Senate.

FAITH ABUBEY: But Republican leaders say the focus should be on mental health.

MITCH MCCONNELL: The focus ought to be on identifying people in advance who have the capacity and the interest in carrying out these atrocious attacks.

FAITH ABUBEY: Gun control advocates and some Democrats pushing for more regulations would join President Biden.