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Biden says banning assault weapons

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In the wake of 2 mass shootings In California, President Joe Biden on Tuesday again called on Congress to pass an assault weapons ban. bipartisan gun control laws It fell short of banning lethal weapons.

saturday night, the shooter opened fire Eleven people were killed and several injured at a dance hall in Monterey Park, California. and Monday, seven people died Two mass shootings in Half Moon Bay, Northern California.

Los Angeles County sheriffs have identified the weapon used in the Monterey Park shooting. Semi-automatic MAC-10 assault weaponbut the description of the gun used by the Half Moon Bay shooters is only generically described as a semi-automatic pistol.

The White House has long shown a serious commitment to tougher gun laws. Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Monterey Park on Wednesday, Biden in December I attended a memorial service for victims of gun violence.

Democratic Senators Diane Feinstein, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy on Monday introduced a pair of gun control bills: The first bill bans the sale of assault weapons, the second raises the age to buy assault weapons to 21. Feinstein office.

Addressing Democratic congressional leaders on Tuesday, Mr. Biden said, “I’m asking you all to get it to my desk as soon as possible. It’s really desperately needed.”

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With New York Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (left), President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with Democrats in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. Vice President Kamala Harris.

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Following last year’s mass shooting Buffalo, New YorkWhen Uvalde, Texas, 10 Republican senators tightened background checks on gun buyers under 21 and closed so-called “boyfriend loopholes” to prevent convicted domestic abusers from buying. Participated in all Senate Democrats and the Democratic-led House to pass gun control legislation. Firearms for 5 years. Biden quickly signed the bill into law.

But Biden wants the new law to go even further. Prohibition of offensive weapons, like the 1994 legislation that helped him pass as a senator. Banned more than a dozen assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, expired in 2004.

In July 2022, Democrat-led House passes Similar prohibition. Two Republicans voted for the Democratic majority, while five Democrats voted against. However, the bill will not be considered in the Senate, and 60 votes are needed to pass the bill. At the time, Democrats only had her 50 seats in the Senate.

Since Democrats currently have only 51 seats in the Senate, Feinstein’s current bill faces the same obstacles.

Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas, one of 10 Republicans who worked with Democrats to pass a bipartisan gun law last summer, said Tuesday that the Senate will seek a ban on assault weapons. “We don’t have enough votes,” he said. And with Republicans now in the majority, the House of Representatives isn’t getting enough votes either.

Alan He and Camille Knox contributed to this report.

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