President Joe Biden says he will do everything in his power to protect the American people from gun violence.

The president announced a series of executive actions that seek to deal with the issue. Chief among them - requiring background checks for the purchase of gun kits or individual parts used to create what's called a ghost gun.

Shapiro says the state's largest gun show operator from Lehigh County agreed to stop selling the parts for that reason.

Also subject to more background checks are pistol stabilization braces.

Gerard Stezelberger with Relic Hunter in Coplay says the braces were created for disabled veterans. Stezelberger says the executive actions are political, will do nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, and limit legal gun owners' rights.

He says the country would be better served by stricter gun crime prosecution.

"If you had a fear that you were going to go to jail for the rest of your life or had to be an expectation of the death penalty [if you shot somebody with a firearm], yeah I think it would cut way down," Stezelberger said.

Other actions by the president include calling for a national red flag law to prevent access to guns by people in crisis and to financially bolster violence intervention programs in communities.

Biden says he doesn't want to stop at executive orders, which are limited. So he's asking for bipartisan support to strengthen laws even more.

"I'm willing to work with anyone to get things done. And it is long past time that we act," Biden said.

Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey indicated in a statement he is open to negotiations, saying "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 so that we are better able to keep guns away from those who have no legal right to them."

And Democratic Sen. Bob Casey argued that more needs to be done, saying "Congress needs to do its part now. The House of Representatives has passed comprehensive background check legislation. The Senate should pass these bills... in addition to banning military-style assault weapons, limiting the size of magazines and passing legislation to support survivors of gun violence."

These are all measures President Biden wants to happen, but will need some Republican support in order to pass.

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