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Biden signs historic gun bill into law

President Joe Biden signed a bill on Saturday that marks some of the biggest changes to the federal gun law in decades.

“Lives will be saved,” Biden said during the signing ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

“From Columbine to Sandy Hook to Charleston, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland, El Paso, Atlanta, Buffalo, Uvalde, and for the shootings that happen every day in the streets that are mass shootings, we don’t even hear about the number of the people being killed on the streets every day. Their message to us was to just do something,” the president said.

“Today we did that,” he noted.

He admitted the legislation isn’t everything he wanted, but “it does include actions I’ve long called for that will save lives.”

The president praised the two-pronged work on the issue.

“It’s about time this seemed impossible to get anything done in Washington. We’re doing something consistent,” he said.

President Joe Biden signed a bill on Saturday that marks some of the biggest changes to the federal gun law in decades.

President Joe Biden signed a bill on Saturday that marks some of the biggest changes to the federal gun law in decades.

First Lady Jill Biden Joined President Joe Biden As He Signed Guns Act

First Lady Jill Biden Joined President Joe Biden As He Signed Guns Act

Jill Biden Kissed Joe Biden After He Signed New Guns Act

Jill Biden Kissed Joe Biden After He Signed New Guns Act

And he said both sides should work together to do more.

“We can compromise on weapons, we want to compromise and other critical issues, from veteran health care to cutting-edge American innovation and much more. I know there is much more work to be done. And I’m never going to give up. But this is a monumental day,” Biden said.

Jill Biden stood by his side for the signing. Biden said he and the first lady will hold a larger event at the White House on July 11.

The new law comes after a series of mass shootings, including one at a supermarket in Buffalo, where 10 black people were killed, and one at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, where 17 children and two teachers died.

Biden signed the landmark legislation ahead of his departure to Europe, where he will attend the G7 and NATO summits, where he will focus on keeping an eye on Western allies in their support of Ukraine and overcoming the opposition of Turkey against the NATO membership of Finland and Sweden.

The signing came the day after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that made abortion legal in the country.

The bill was drafted by senators from both parties.

The legislation, which has received bipartisan support in the House and Senate, will tighten background checks for younger gun buyers, strengthen background check requirements and increase penalties for gun traffickers.

The bill would also prohibit romantic partners convicted of domestic violence who are not married to their victims from being given firearms.

Convicted abusers who are married to, cohabiting with, or have had children with their victims are already banned from having guns.

In addition, $750 million would be provided to the 19 states that have “red flag” laws that make it easier to temporarily purchase firearms from people deemed dangerous, and to other states with violence prevention programs.

States with “red flag” laws that receive the money should have legal proceedings for the gun owner to fight the disposal of the firearm.

The bill would distribute money to states and communities to improve school safety and mental health initiatives.

In a vote of 234 to 193, with the help of 14 Republicans, the House followed the Senate's lead by green-lighting the bipartisan gun control package

In a vote of 234 to 193, with the help of 14 Republicans, the House followed the Senate’s lead by green-lighting the bipartisan gun control package

The Senate voted 65-34 to end a Republican-led filibuster over the weapons reform package, clearing another major hurdle.  The Senate approved the bill later Thursday evening

The Senate voted 65-34 to end a Republican-led filibuster over the weapons reform package, clearing another major hurdle. The Senate approved the bill later Thursday evening

The House passed the legislation Friday by a vote of 234-193, with 14 Republicans supporting it: Representatives Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, Tom Rice, John Katko, Maria Salazr, Chris Jacobs, Brian Fitzpatrick, Peter Meijer, Fred Upton, Steve Chabot , Mike Turner, David Joyce, Athony Gonzalez from Ohio and Tony Gonzalez.

The Senate approved it on Thursday by a margin of 65-33. Republican senators who voted for were Senators John Cornyn, Pat Toomey, Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, Shelley Moore Capito, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Joni Ernst, Lindsey Graham, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Thom Tillis, and Todd Young.

It did not have several items supported by President Biden and the Democrats, including a ban on assault weapons and background checks on all weapons transactions.

But it is the largest weapons measure passed by Congress since the now-expired ban on assault weapons in 1993.

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