President Biden mentioned on Thursday that he would push Congress to enact new gun management legal guidelines earlier than Republicans took management of the U.S. Home of Representatives in January.
Biden instructed reporters throughout a press occasion in Nantucket, Massachusetts that the current taking pictures at an LGBT nightclub in Colorado had strengthened the necessity to go an assault weapons ban.
“The concept we nonetheless enable semi-automatic weapons to be bought is sick,” mentioned Biden. “It has no socially redeeming worth… Not a single solitary rationale for it besides revenue for the gun producers.”
Semi-automatic weapons, together with handguns and rifles, hearth one bullet for every pull of the set off.
Biden mentioned he would push federal lawmakers to enact a brand new assault weapons ban earlier than January when the subsequent Congress took workplace and Republicans gained control of the House.
“I will attempt,” mentioned the president. “I’m going to attempt to eliminate assault weapons.”
Biden mentioned he would have interaction lawmakers to make a broader evaluation of whether or not success is feasible. In the intervening time, the chances seem lengthy.
Democrats management the Home by a slender margin till January. The Senate, in the meantime, is break up 50-50 between each events. For a sweeping gun management package deal to go, together with a ban on assault weapons, not less than 10 GOP supporters will probably be wanted to interrupt the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster threshold.
Earlier this 12 months, Biden’s name for an assault weapons ban fell flat with Republicans, whilst almost two dozen GOP senators bucked the gun foyer to advance a bipartisan gun invoice.
The political atmosphere is unlikely to get simpler in January. Whereas Democrats misplaced management of the Home to Republicans, the celebration stored slender management of the Senate — albeit nowhere close to sufficient to interrupt an anticipated filibuster with out GOP assist.