Biden Praises Senate Democrats Who Introduced Assault Weapons Ban Bill

Biden Praises Senate Democrats Who Introduced Assault Weapons Ban Bill

President Biden on Monday congratulated a contingent of Senate Democrats who earlier in the day introduced a pair of bills to ban military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as raise the age of their purchase at age 21.

Biden cited recent shootings across the United States, including those at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Monterey Park, California, in which the two gunmen used similar style weapons.

Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein (California), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) and Chris Murphy (Conn.) introduced bills a day after a gunman shot and killed 11 people during a Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park.

Senate bills seek to ban “the sale, transfer, manufacture and import of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines” and raise the age for purchasing weapons 18 to 21 year olds, depending on A declaration by Feinstein.

Biden noted that Feinstein joined him in 1994 when the Senate passed an assault weapons ban that banned such sales for 10 years. Congress hasn’t been able to pass anything similar since that bill expired in 2004.

Biden has long urged Congress to ban assault weapons, even though neither chamber has enough votes to pass such a measure.

Nonetheless, Biden continues to push for a bill to make it to his desk.

“The majority of the American people agree with this common sense action,” he added. “There can be no greater responsibility than to do all we can to keep our children, our communities and our nation safe.”

Biden signed a bipartisan gun safety bill came into law over the summer following a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, NY, and at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

The law strengthened background checks for gun buyers between the ages of 18 and 21, made obtaining firearms through the purchase of straw or trafficking a federal offense and clarified the definition of a federally licensed gun dealer.

It also closed the “boyfriend loophole” by barring those convicted of a violent offense involving a current or former dating partner from owning a firearm for at least five years.

In his statement, Feinstein noted the shooting during a Lunar New Year celebration in his home country.

“The constant stream of mass shootings has one thing in common: they almost all involve assault weapons. It’s because these weapons were designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible,” Feinstein said. “They don’t belong in our communities or our schools. It’s time to stand up to the gun lobby and get these weapons of war off our streets, or at the very least keep them out of the hands of young people.

–Updated Jan. 24 at 8:46 a.m.

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