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President Biden Unveils Administration’s First Attempts To Curb Gun Violence

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CBS4's Debra Alfarone has more on the executive orders.

Video Transcript

- Well, turning now to the Biden presidency, President Joe Biden using executive actions to curb gun violence. It comes a few weeks after several high-profile mass shootings in both Georgia and Colorado.

- But the president's moves are sure to face opposition from Republicans and gun rights advocates. CBS4's Debra Alfarone reports from the White House.

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DEBRA ALFARONE: President Joe Biden laid out a series of executive actions he's taking to enact new gun safety measures.

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

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.

KAMALA HARRIS: Real people on both sides of the aisle want action.

DEBRA ALFARONE: The White House is also calling on Congress to act, starting with two background check bills that the House has already passed. Both bills face Republican opposition in the evenly divided Senate. But in a statement released Thursday, GOP Senator Pat Toomey said, "If done in a manner that respects the rights of law-abiding citizens, I believe there is an opportunity to strengthen our background check system."

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: The president is also nominating David Chipman to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Chipman is a former ATF agent. He's also been a gun control advisor to the organization set up by former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. She survived a deadly mass shooting 10 years ago. Debra Alfarone, CBS News, the White House.

- Well, Stand With Parkland released a statement on the executive actions taken today. They applauded the move, calling them simple and pragmatic actions that can save lives. The group is also calling on the Senate to pass background checks that have already been passed by the House. To read their full statement, you can just head to our website, CBSMiami.com. And you can look for much more on the new executive actions on gun control tonight on CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell. That's at 6:30, right after CBS4 News at 6:00.