Biden to expand background checks in gun ordinance
Biden to announce gun order to bring US ‘as close as possible to universal background checks’ and crack down on traffickers while visiting Monterey Park mass shooting site
President Joe Biden while visiting the site of the Monterey Park mass shooting, will announce an executive order to increase background checks on gun buyers and crack down on firearms dealers, Californiaon Tuesday.
Biden wants to bring the US “as close as possible to universal background checks” without having to pass Congress as he lays out a plan at the site where 11 people were shot on January 21.
Gunman Huu Kang Chan, 72, opened fire at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio as thousands took to the streets to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
The president will also take steps to ensure that firearms dealers whose licenses have been revoked cannot continue to sell guns and ask the Federal Trade Commission to issue a report on how gun manufacturers sell to children.
It’s Biden’s latest attempt to use his executive power to fight gun violence without the need for legislation.
On Tuesday, President Joe Biden will announce an executive order to increase background checks on gun buyers and crack down on firearms dealers while visiting the site of a mass shooting in Monterey Park, California.
The executive order also directs Biden’s cabinet members to focus on increasing public awareness of red flag laws and safe gun storage, as well as combatting the loss and theft of firearms.
He has called for a ban on assault weapons, universal background checks on gun buyers and an end to the immunity of gun manufacturers from liability.
The White House said the order would also hold the gun industry accountable by giving the public and policymakers “more information about federally licensed firearms dealers who are breaking the law.”
To increase background checks, Biden will direct Attorney General Merrick Garland to make sure all gun dealers comply.
Those who do not break or “willfully break” the laws will be targeted.
“This step will mean that fewer guns will be sold without background checks, and thus fewer guns will end up in the hands of criminals and domestic abusers,” the White House said in a statement.
Last year, he signed a bill that would require minors’ mental health records to be considered for gun buyers under the age of 21.
Biden invited Brandon TsaiThe 26-year-old who wrestled a semi-automatic pistol from an attacker in Monterey Park, speaking before the nation and praising the young man’s heroism.
“He saved a life. It’s time for us to do the same,” Biden said in his speech to Congress. “Ban assault weapons once and for all.
Monterey Park gunman Huw Kang Chan (pictured) has been banned from the Star Ballroom Dance Studio where he killed 11 people and the nearby Lai Lai Club where he was disarmed
The Star Ballroom massacre was the nation’s fifth mass killing this month and the deadliest since May 24, when 21 people were killed at an elementary school in Uwald, Texas.
Detectives found three firearms in Tran’s possession, including the pictured Cobray CM11-9 model purchased in 1999, identified as the murder device
A Hemet – Savage Arms .308 caliber bolt-action rifle was found at Tran’s residence