After a string of mass shootings, Biden addresses limited gun reform

President Joe Biden took the first steps on new gun reforms, but his executive actions are limited and he urged Congress to help do more.
2:37 | 04/09/21

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Amid the news of the two shootings in the last 24 hours, president Biden before the cameras today. He was urging action from congress and he'd already planned to announce this today, even before the newest shootings. The president calling gun violence and epidemic in America and a public health crisis, saying he will use his executive authority to limit so-called ghost guns. So, what are they? And the creation of a national red flag law. And what that would mean in this country. Here's our senior white house correspondent Mary Bruce tonight. Reporter: As the news broke today of two more mass shootings in this country, president Biden taking what he called initial steps to address the violence, while urging continue to act. Gun violence in this country is an epidemic and it's an international embarrassment. Reporter: The president planned to use his executive authority even before today's news, amid growing pressure after the mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder. Biden taking steps today to limit so-called ghost guns, kits that allow people to legally build guns at home that cannot be traced. Anyone from a criminal to a terrorist can buy this kit in as Reporter: The president also putting restrictions on stabilizing braces that effectively turn pistols into short-barrel rifles, like the brace used in the Boulder rampage that left ten dead. And he's directing the justice department to create a template that states can use to enact red flag laws, which allow authorities to remove firearms from people who are deemed a threat. But these actions are lipted and some gun contro advocates say the president should have taken bolder action even sooner, something he promised on the campaign trail. It is something he promised on day one. It is day 78. What's the holdup here? There's no holdup. Legislation needs to be reintroduced. Are. Reporter: The president promised to send his own plan. It's clear you're waiting, but why not put out your own bill, lead the charge on this? He is leading the charge by advocating for this moving forward. Let's get to Mary Bruce, at thewhite house tonight. Mary, as you reported there, executive actions are always limited, so, what is the likelihood here that congress will act on any of this? Reporter: Well, David, the president is calling for sweeping changes. He wants to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines, put in place stricter background checks. Our latest polling actually shows that two-thirds of Americans say gun reforms should be a higher priority. But the reality is, there is very little appetite from Republicans and even some Democrats on capitol hill to act on the kinds of changes that the president wants. David? Mary Bruce live at the white house tonight. Thank you, Mary.

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