Biden signs gun safety law

WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden signed the first major federal gun reform in three decades on Saturday, days after a Supreme Court decision he condemned to expand gun owners’ rights.

“God willing, it will save many lives,” Biden said at the White House after signing the bill with his wife Jill by his side.

The bipartisan bill came just weeks after mass shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo that killed more than 30 people, including 19 primary school children.

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The law includes provisions to help states keep weapons out of the hands of those deemed a danger to themselves or others.

The reform came the same week that the Supreme Court expanded gun owners’ rights, saying for the first time on Thursday that the U.S. Constitution protects a person’s ability to carry a gun in public for self-defense.

“The Supreme Court has made some terrible decisions,” Biden told reporters after that ruling, and another on Friday that abolished the right to abortion nationwide.

US President Joe Biden signs S. 2938: Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into law from the Roosevelt Room at the White House as First Lady Jill Biden stands next to him in Washington, US, June 25, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

Gun control has long been a division in the nation with several attempts to introduce new controls on gun sales failing time and again.

Biden, who is looking to improve dwindling public approval ratings ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections for Congressional control, made securing gun control victories a part of his campaign pitch to voters.

The new law will block arms sales to people convicted of abusing unmarried intimate partners and address arms sales to buyers convicted of domestic violence. It also provides new federal funding to states enacting “red flag” laws designed to remove guns from people deemed dangerous to themselves and others.

It does not prohibit the sale of assault-style rifles or high-capacity magazines. But it does take some steps on background checks by providing access for the first time to information about serious crimes committed by minors.

“At this time, when it seems impossible to get anything done in Washington, we are doing something important: If we can compromise on weapons, we should be able to compromise on other critical issues,” Biden said before joining the fight. traveled to Germany for the Summit of the group of seven wealthy nations.

“I know there is much more work to be done, and I will never give up. But this is a monumental day.”

He said he would receive families of gun violence victims and lawmakers at an event at the White House on July 11 to mark the approval of the gun safety law.

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Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt; Additional reporting by Lucia Mutikani; adaptation by John Stonestreet and Chizu Nomiyama

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