(ConservativeSense.com) – More gun control is on its way as President Joe Biden signs an executive order to increase compliance with background checks for gun purchasers, firearms storage rules, and to make sure law enforcement agencies benefit most from the bipartisan gun control legislation that was enacted in 2022.
Following the mass shooting at a dance hall in Monterey Park, California, injuring 20 and killing 11, calls for gun control have increased among Democrats. Biden is set to speak in Monterey Park soon in order to address his efforts to stop gun violence. The president has spoken many times about banning what he calls “assault weapons.”
Last summer, bipartisan legislation was passed by Congress following a mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, which left 10 people dead in a grocery store, as well as the Uvalde, Texas, shooting that killed 19 students and 2 teachers at an elementary school. Many Democrats believe the bill, called the Safer Communities Act, doesn’t do enough.
Biden’s actions on Tuesday won’t change the existing government policy, only direct federal agencies to comply with the laws and procedures that already exist. Such presidential executive orders are typically limited.
On Monday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that “too many lives” have been lost to gun violence, and that Biden “believes we need to do more.” She said the president will “call on Congress to take action and not to stop.”
The new order will direct Cabinet efforts to make a plan to improve government support for communities with higher gun violence, including calling on Attorney General Merrick Garland to make sure licensed gun dealers know what rules they have to follow for background checks.
The order will also mandate improved ballistics data reports from law enforcement to match shell casings to guns used in crimes and request the Federal Trade Commission to issue public reports about gun manufacturers’ methods of marketing to minors and the general public by using military imagery.
Despite opposition from Congress, Biden said his administration will continue to do all that it can “within existing authority” to make communities safer from gun violence.
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