President Biden has signed a new bipartisan gun safety law — the first approved by Congress in almost 30 years. On Friday, the House passed the bill by a vote of 234 to 193. Fourteen Republicans joined with the Democratic majority. Biden spoke on Saturday.
President Joe Biden: “While this bill doesn’t do everything I want, it does include actions I have long called for that are going to save lives. It funds crisis intervention, including red flag laws. It keeps guns out of the hands of people who are a danger to themselves and to others. And it finally closes what is known as the boyfriend loophole. So if you assault your boyfriend or girlfriend, you can’t buy a gun or own a gun.”
While gun control groups praised lawmakers for finding a bipartisan solution, the final law does not include a number of initiatives that were included in a separate bill recently approved by House Democrats which aimed to ban the sale of large-capacity magazines and raise the minimum age to purchase an assault weapon from 18 to 21.