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White House mulls executive action amid gun reform resistance

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The White House has made clear that if Congress doesn't act on changing gun laws, it may take action on its own. Weijia Jiang has more.

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- Tonight, the White House is repeating its call for new gun laws, but the administration is also making clear that if Congress doesn't act, it might take action on its own. CBS's Weijia Jiang reports from the White House.

WEIJIA JIANG: Vice President Kamala Harris sent a message today to her former colleagues on Capitol Hill.

KAMALA HARRIS: We need the Senate to act. If the Congress acts, then it becomes law, and that is what we have lacked.

WEIJIA JIANG: But Republicans are resisting reforms, even rejecting measures to strengthen background checks, which most Americans support.

LINDSEY GRAHAM: Every time there's a tragedy, that is yet another reason to say that white extremism is the biggest threat to the country, and that we need to gather up everybody's guns.

KAMALA HARRIS: With legislation unlikely, the White House is considering at least three executive actions, closing a loophole that allows unlicensed gun dealers to avoid doing background checks, blocking the sale of gun making kits, and providing more funding to fight gun violence.

But Mark Barden wants to see new laws. His seven-year-old son Daniel was killed in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

MARK BARDEN: The unfortunate reality is, is that this could happen to anyone, and I wouldn't want to wish it upon anyone, and we have solutions available to us now that can prevent it from happening to others.

WEIJIA JIANG: As a candidate, President Biden vowed to send a gun reform bill to Congress on day one. That has yet to happen. He will likely face several questions about gun control tomorrow, when he hosts his first formal news conference. Margaret?

- Weijia Jiang at the White House.