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President Biden Announces Gun Control Measures

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President Joe Biden called gun violence in America an "international embarrassment," as he announced executive actions in the wake of mass shootings. CBS2's Tony Aiello reports.

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DICK BRENNAN: We begin with President Biden's executive measures to curb gun violence. The steps come after several mass shootings in recent weeks.

JESSICA MOORE: Advocates in our area say a lot more can be done, but not without the help of Congress. CBS2's Tony Aiello reports.

TONY AIELLO: The crowd in White Plains stood at a monument to a heroic man shot dead in 1968 and included a mother touched much more recently by gun violence.

NADINE MCKENZIE: It is the pain that never goes away. It is unbearable. Nadine McKenzie's daughter, Shamoya, killed by a stray bullet in Mount Vernon December 2016. The 13-year-old one of the thousands of victims President Biden says deserve to be honored by action on gun control.

JOE BIDEN: Gun violence in this country is an epidemic. And it's an international embarrassment.

TONY AIELLO: The president announced a half dozen anti-gun violence executive actions, including 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 Mr. Biden wants a 60-day review of how stabilizing braces for pistols are regulated. Investigators say Ahmad Alissa had a stabilizing brace on the gun he used to kill ten last month in Boulder, Colorado.

JOE BIDEN: I'm going to use all the resources at my disposal as president to keep the American people safe from gun violence. But there's much more that Congress can do to help that effort.

TONY AIELLO: Including, these advocates say, passing legislation to strengthen background checks.

MIMI ROCAH: Right now, there are too many loopholes. We have very basic checks that are done if you buy from a licensed gun dealer. But so many guns are bought from not licensed gun dealers.

TONY AIELLO: The National Rifle Association says today exposes an anti-gun agenda by the Biden Administration. With an ideological divide in Congress, legislation seems unlikely. A bipartisan group of senators is working to build consensus on measures, including strengthened background checks. Tony Aiello, CBS2 News.