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President Biden To Unveil Executive Actions Aimed At Reducing Gun Violence

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Naomi Ruchim reports a rash of deadly shootings is prompting the White House to take action.

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- Turning now to the Biden presidency, President Joe Biden is expected to unveil today a series of executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence. This allows a rash of deadly-- this after a rash of deadly shootings across the country. CBS 4 Naomi Ruchim explains.

NAOMI RUCHIM: Most of President Biden's actions tackle relatively minor issues like a revision of the federal government's definition of firearm.

JEN PSAKI: No one is talking about overturning or changing the Second Amendment.

NAOMI RUCHIM: Another targets so-called ghost guns, weapons assembled from kits that have no serial numbers. The president will reportedly order the Justice Department to try to limit their availability. Recent mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado have renewed calls for action by advocacy groups. Last month, President Biden called on Congress to restore the Federal Assault Weapon Ban that expired in 2004.

JOE BIDEN: It was a law for the longest time, and it brought down these mass killings.

NAOMI RUCHIM: Senate Democrats are promising action, but it's unclear if any Republicans will join them.

CHUCK SCHUMER: This Senate will be different. The Senate is going to debate and address the epidemic of gun violence in this country.

MITCH MCCONNELL: I'm certainly open to the discussion. What I'm not attracted to something that doesn't work.

NAOMI RUCHIM: President Biden is expected to nominate David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Chipman is a former ATF agent who has long been an advocate of stronger gun control laws. Naomi Ruchim, CBS News, New York.