Biden calls on Congress to ‘enact commonsense gun law reforms’ on third anniversary of Parkland shooting

Biden calls on Congress to 'enact commonsense gun law reforms' on third anniversary of Parkland shooting

On This Day In History: Parkland Shooting (Feb. 14, 2018) 01:26 Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden on Sunday called on Congress to institute "commonsense gun law reforms," including widespread firearm sales background checks and a ban on assault weapons — highlighting an "epidemic of gun violence" in the US on the third anniversary of the deadly Parkland school shooting. "Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets," Biden said in a statement. "This administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call," the statement reads. "We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer." The call from Biden comes three years after a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018, leaving 17 people dead. The tragedy led many of the survivors to speak out against gun violence and confront lawmakers about gun control reform. CNN has reached out to the White House on how the administration is planning to enact Biden’s proposed gun law reforms. The President’s stated commitment to tackling gun violence goes back to his time on the campaign trail, when he campaigned on strengthening gun control measures. His openness to taking on the issue was noted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Sunday, who said […]

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