US President Signs First Major Guns Reform Bill in Decades

by Barbara R. Abercrombie
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The law is the most impactful weapons measure passed by Congress since the assault weapons ban was enacted in 1993.

US President Joe Biden has signed the first major federal gun reform in three decades, a bipartisan compromise that comes in light of a recent series of mass shootings, including the massacre of 19 students and two teachers at a Texas elementary school.

The law, considered the first major federal gun safety law in decades, does not meet what is needed, Biden acknowledged Saturday, but it will “save lives,” he said.

“While this bill doesn’t do everything I want it to, it does include actions I’ve long called for that will save lives,” Biden said at the White House before heading to two major diplomatic summits in Europe.

The bill includes provisions to tighten background checks for the youngest gun buyers, ban firearms from more perpetrators of domestic violence and help states enact red flag laws that make it easier for authorities to take guns from dangerous people. Considered.

Most of the bill’s estimated $13 billion cost will go toward strengthening mental health programs and aid schools targeted in Newtown, Connecticut, Parkland, Florida, and elsewhere in mass shootings.

Billions of dollars have also been allocated to crack down on “straw buyers” – people who buy firearms for people they are not allowed to own – and to curb the arms trade.

However, much stricter measures that Biden and other Democrats wanted to do not make it into law, including a ban on military-style rifles often used by the lone gunmen who typically carry out mass shootings. Also absent is a long-standing push for mandatory background checks on all weapons purchases.

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— President Biden (@POTUS) June 25, 2022

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Referring to the shooting victims’ families, the president said: “Their message to us was to do something. Well, we did that today.”

Referring to the political stalemate in an almost evenly divided congress, Biden said the new law, which has received rare strong support from Republicans and Democrats, was “monumental.”

Enough congressional Republicans joined Democrats to support the moves following the recent frenzy in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas. It took weeks of closed-door talks, but senators devised a compromise.

The killings in Uvalde, just a week after an 18-year-old gunman killed ten black shoppers in a racist attack on a Buffalo supermarket, appear to have convinced Democrats and some Republicans that action should be taken against gun reform.

As he signed the document, Biden was accompanied by his wife, Jill, a teacher, and reiterated, “God willing, this is going to save a lot of lives.”

The legislation is the most impactful anti-gun violence measure passed by Congress since the enenactinggefunct the assault weapons ban in 1993.

The move comes two days after Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling repealed a law in New York that restricted people’s ability to carry concealed weapons.

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