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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Biden to Sign New Gun Control Executive Order

'The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick. Just sick... '

(Headline USA) President Joe Biden is set to roll out a new gun control executive order on Tuesday in an effort to “crack down” on gun violence.

The president will travel to Monterey Bay, California, the site of a deadly mass shooting over the Lunar New Year, on Tuesday, where he will unveil the order and sign it, according to the White House.

The executive order will reportedly bolster national background checks, enforce additional gun safety and storage regulations, and encourage law enforcement agencies to rely on “red flag” laws to confiscate the weapons of people deemed mentally unfit.

“Combined with his previous executive actions and the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, [the order] indisputably makes President Biden unmatched by any of his predecessors when it comes to a record of taking action to reduce gun violence,” one official said. “Now President Biden would be the first to say that even after today, there will be more to do to further reduce gun violence and save lives. He will continue to lead that charge and call on Congress to do the same.”

The order also directs Attorney General Merrick Garland to develop a plan to prevent firearms dealers whose licenses have been revoked from continuing to sell guns and work with the Transportation Department to reduce the number of guns that are stolen or lost in transit.

Biden also plans to instruct his cabinet to develop a plan for how to support communities that have been impacted by gun violence, including mass shootings.

The president has become increasingly aggressive on gun control efforts, especially as he prepares for a 2024 reelection campaign. For example, he now regularly calls for a total ban on “assault-style” weapons.

“The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick. Just sick,” Biden said on Thanksgiving Day. “I’m going to try to get rid of assault weapons.”

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