President Biden signs bipartisan gun reform bill into law

US President Joe Biden talks about US vaccination progress following a tour of the Colombian Department of Health (DC Health) coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination clinic, during remarks in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, US June 21, 2022.

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After years of stalled efforts to tighten gun laws, President Joe Biden signed the nation’s most important gun reform bill in decades early Saturday.

Biden’s signing comes a day after House legislatures passed a bipartisan bill in an effort to restrict gun access for youngest buyers, domestic violence offenders and others who could pose a risk to their communities. . The bipartisan Safe Communities Act will also fund school safety and mental health programs.

The Senate passed the case late Thursday.

Biden said before signing the bill, “While this bill doesn’t do everything I want it to, it contains actions I’ve long called for that are life-saving.”

Lawmakers have scrambled to resolve the recent gun homicides that followed the mass shootings at a Buffalo, New York, grocery store and an elementary school in Texas last month.

The new law enhances background checks for gun buyers ages 18 to 21. The ability for young adults to easily access firearms increased when 18-year-olds armed with assault-style rifles fired in both Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas.

Legislators have worked to close the so-called boyfriend loophole and restrict gun ownership for domestic violence offenders who are not married to their partners. It also establishes grants for states to encourage red-flag laws, which allow police or relatives and acquaintances to petition the court if the person is deemed dangerous.

Additionally, the bill would fund school safety and youth mental health programs. Republican gun-rights supporters have argued that rather than the proliferation of firearms, those issues fueled the American gun violence epidemic. Democrats have also long lamented the decline of mental-health programs.

“I know there’s a lot more to do, but it’s a memorable day,” Biden said.

— CNBC’s Jacob Pramuk contributed to this report.


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