Biden calls on Congress to enact gun reform

Biden calls on Congress to enact gun reform

The Biden administration is calling on congress to help fulfill its campaign promises on gun restrictions. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) HUNT VALLEY, Md. (SBG) — The Biden administration is calling on Congress to help fulfill his campaign promises on gun restrictions. The administration says it wants Congress to require background checks on all gun sales, outlaw assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and abolish legal immunity for gun manufacturers. The announcement was sent out on Feb. 14, the anniversary of the 2018 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. "This Administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call,” President Biden said in a statement. “We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer.” The press release did not specifically mention AR-15s — the firearms used in several recent mass shootings, including Parkland. The Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act of 1994 included a version of the AR-15 under the “assault weapons” definition. However, the National Shooting Sports Foundation says “AR-15-style rifles are NOT ‘assault weapons’ or ‘assault rifles,’" arguing that the gun would have to be “fully automatic, a machine gun” to qualify as an assault rifle. According to his campaign platform , Biden would extend National Firearms Act regulations to “assault weapons.” Individuals who already own an assault weapon would have to choose between registering the firearm under the National Firearms Act or selling it to the government. Larry Hyatt owns Hyatt Guns […]

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