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President Biden Will Take Executive Actions On Gun Safety Measures

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Debra Alfarone reports President Biden promised to send new gun control legislation to Congress on his first day in office.

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- Now to the Biden presidency. President Joe Biden promised to send new gun control legislation to Congress on his first day in office.

- But it will be hard to pass new legislation through a divided Senate. So today, he has taken executive actions on new gun safety measures. CBS 4's Debra Alfarone has more details from the White House.

DEBRA ALFARONE: President Biden is taking steps on his own to enact new gun safety measures. 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.

KATE BEDINGFIELD: This is not enough. And Congress also needs to move forward, for example, on the bipartisan background check bills that are in front of them because the majority of the American people believe that we need sensible gun reform.

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. The NRA issued a statement saying it will fight this nomination and ill-conceived executive actions. Debra Alfarone, CBS News, the White House.