US: Joe Biden signed an executive order to expand background checks for gun purchases

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US President Joe Biden has issued a targeted executive order expand background checks for gun purchasessa in order to reduce mass shootings in the country.

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Biden also called on Congress to take more steps to reduce gun violence and urged the Federal Trade Commission to issue a public report examining how gunmakers market firearms to minors, according to the order issued by the White House.

The Executive Order also increased the effective use of “red flag” calling laws, strengthening efforts to hold the gun industry accountable and expediting law enforcement efforts to identify and “detain threatening shooters” in our community”.

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President Biden is also encouraging the Federal Trade Commission to issue a public analytical report how gun manufacturers sell firearms to minors.

The President of the United States, Joe Biden.  photo by AFP

The President of the United States, Joe Biden. photo by AFP

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Biden will travel to Monterey Park to be with the families and community impacted by the mass shooting which claimed 11 lives and injured nine more in January. Monterey Park is one of a growing list of communities across the country that have been forever changed by gun violence—not just mass shootings, but daily acts of gun violence that may not make national news.

Last year, President Biden signed into law the bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the most significant gun violence reduction legislation enacted in nearly 30 years. In celebrating the passage of the law, he urged Congress to harness bipartisan momentum and promote more common-sense steps to reduce gun violence.

Time and again he called on Congress to act, including a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazinesrequiring background checks for all gun sales, requiring safe storage of firearms, and repealing gun manufacturer laws.

Source: Clarin

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