House Democrats Want President Biden To Take Executive Action On Firearms

Representatives Mike Thompson, Joe Neguse, Val Demings, and Ed Perlmutter wrote a letter to President Joe Biden asking him to take executive action to regulate concealable assault-style weapons under the National Firearms Act.

“Concealable assault-style firearms that fire rifle rounds pose an unreasonable threat to our communities and should be fully regulated under the National Firearms Act consistent with the intent and history of the law. The recent tragedy in Boulder, Colorado, where 10 people, including a police officer, were killed is one in a string of deadly incidents involving this style of weapon,” the letter reads.

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, the alleged gunman in the Boulder, Colorado grocery store shooting, used a semi-automatic Ruger AR-556 pistol to kill 10 people. Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, said that the administration is working on new measures to regulate guns.

“While that is moving, while there are discussions on that front — and the president will certainly be engaged in those — we are also continuing to review and consider what the options are for executive actions,” Psaki said.

Two bills that expand background checks were passed in the House earlier this month.

“In the 20 days since the House passed these common-sense gun violence prevention measures, Americans of all ages across the country have lost their lives to gun violence, and their families, friends, and communities have had their lives forever shattered. In honor of those who have been murdered in their workplaces, grocery stores, and neighborhoods since March 11 and the generations of Americans lost to gun violence, the Senate must act and bring H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446 for a vote,” the letter said.

“A vote is what we need. A vote. Not thoughts and prayers. And we will see where people stand and maybe we’ll get the votes and if we don’t, we’ll come together as a caucus and figure out how we’re gonna get this done because we have to get this done,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

60 votes are needed for legislation to advance to the Senate. Democrats have 50 seats, so they would need 10 votes from Republicans to pass the gun control bills.

 

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