Biden urges Congress to pass assault weapons ban in wake of mass shootings in California

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged lawmakers to act “quickly” and introduce gun reform legislation in the wake of the mass shooting in California.

“I’m asking you all to send this to my desk as soon as possible,” Biden said.

Biden also released a statement stating:

“There was still work to be done to protect our communities and keep dangerous firearms out of dangerous hands.”

“It’s a priority for the President, it really is — that’s why he took executive action,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

Regarding so-called “ghost guns,” homemade or makeshift firearms, Biden’s executive action aims to get them off the streets by subjecting them to the same federal laws as other firearms.

Biden also signed the Safer Communities Act last summer, the first major gun safety law in nearly three decades, keeping firearms away from perpetrators of domestic violence and those identified as dangerous.

It’s also tightening background checks on young gun buyers, but the White House says there’s only so much they can do to curb gun violence.

“Ultimately, we need Congress to act, we need legislation to be legislated to address an issue that is tearing communities apart,” Biden said.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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