President Joe Biden will announce a sweeping executive order increasing the number of background checks on gun buyers and cracking down on firearms dealers during a visit to the site of a mass shooting in Monterey Park, California, on Tuesday.
Biden wants to move the U.S. ‘as close to universal background checks as possible’ without having to go through Congress when he lays out the plan in the city where 11 people were shot and killed on January 21.
Gunman Huu Can Tran, 72, opened fire inside the Star Ballroom Dance Studio as thousands took to the streets to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
The president will also take steps to make sure firearms dealers who’ve had their licenses revoked can’t carry on selling guns, and ask the Federal Trade Commission to issue a report on how gun manufacturers market to children.
It is Biden’s latest bid to use his executive power to tackle gun violence without having to pass legislation.
President Joe Biden will announce a sweeping executive order increasing the number of background checks on gun buyers and cracking down on firearms dealers during a visit to site of a mass shooting in Monterey Park, California, on Tuesday
The executive order also directs members of Biden’s Cabinet to focus on raising public awareness of red flag laws and safe storage of guns and to address the loss and theft of firearms.
He upped calls for an assault weapons ban, universal background checks on gun buyers and repealing gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability.
The White House said the order will also hold the gun industry ‘accountable,’ by providing the public and policymakers with ‘more information regarding federally licensed firearms dealers who are violating the law.
To expand the number of background checks, Biden will order Attorney General Merrick Garland to make sure all gun dealers are complying.
Those who aren’t or ‘wilfully violating’ the laws will be targeted.
‘This move would mean fewer guns will be sold without background checks, and therefore fewer guns will end up in the hands of felons and domestic abusers,’ the White House said in a statement.
Last year he signed a bill that meant juvenile mental health records would be considered for gun buyers under the age of 21.
It followed the killings last year of 10 shoppers at a Buffalo grocery store and 19 students at an Uvalde, Texas, elementary school.
But Biden believes he still needs to do more to clamp down on gun violence/
‘Too many lives have been taken by gun violence,’ White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. ‘But he believes we need to do more. You´ll hear him call on Congress to take action and not to stop … that we need to continue
Biden invited Brandon Tsay, the 26-year-old who wrestled the semi-automatic pistol away from the gunman in Monterey Park, to his State of the Union address and praised the young man’s heroism.
‘He saved lives. It´s time we do the same as well,’ Biden said in his speech to Congress. ‘Ban assault weapons once and for all.
Montery Park gunman Huu Can Tran, pictured, was banned from the Star Ballroom Dance Studio where he killed 11 people and the nearby Lai Lai club where he was disarmed
The 11 victims of the horrific Monterey Park mass shooting that occurred amid Lunar New Year celebrations are identified as: My Nhan, 65, Lilian Li, 63, Xiujuan Yu, 57, Muoi Ung, 67, Hong Jian, 62, Diana Tom, 70, Yu Kao, 72, Chia Yau, 76, Valentino Alvero, 68, Wen Yu, 64, and Ming Ma, 72,
The massacre in the Star Ballroom was the nation’s fifth mass killing this month and the deadliest attack since May 24, when 21 people were killed in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
Detectives recovered three firearms from Tran, including a Cobray model CM11-9, pictured, purchased in 1999 identified as the murder weapon
A Hemet is a Savage Arms .308 caliber bolt action rifle was found in Tran’s residence
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