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President Biden signs bipartisan gun reform bill – NBC Chicago
  • President Joe Biden signed the nation’s most significant gun reform bill in decades early Saturday, after years of stalled efforts to tighten gun laws.
  • Biden’s signing comes just a day after House Legislatures passed the bipartisan bill in an effort to restrict access to guns for younger buyers, perpetrators of domestic violence and others likely to pose a risk to their communities.
  • Lawmakers have raced to find a solution to a recent spate of killings following mass shootings at a Buffalo grocery store and a Texas elementary school last month.

President Joe Biden signed the nation’s most significant gun reform bill in decades into law early Saturday after years of stalled efforts to tighten gun laws.

Biden’s signing comes just a day after House Legislatures passed the bipartisan bill in an effort to restrict access to guns for younger buyers, perpetrators of domestic violence and others likely to pose a risk to their communities. The bipartisan Safer Communities Act would also fund school safety and mental health programs.

The Senate passed the question Thursday night.

“While this bill doesn’t do everything I want, it does include actions that I’ve long called for that will save lives,” Biden said before signing the bill.

Lawmakers have been scrambling to find a solution to a recent spate of killings following mass shootings at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, and an elementary school in Texas last month.

The new law improves background checks for gun buyers between the ages of 18 and 21. The ability to easily access firearms for young adults has come under intense scrutiny after 18-year-olds armed with assault rifles carried out the Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas shootings. .

Lawmakers have worked to close the so-called boyfriend loophole and restrict gun ownership for perpetrators of domestic violence who are not married to their partners. It also sets up grants for states to encourage red flag laws, which allow police or relatives and acquaintances to petition the courts to order the removal of a weapon if the individual is considered dangerous.

In addition, the bill will fund school safety and mental health programs for young people. Republican gun rights supporters have argued that these issues, rather than the prevalence of guns, have fueled the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. Democrats have also long lamented the underfunding of mental health programs.

“I know there’s still a lot of work to do, but it’s a monumental day,” Biden said.

– CNBC’s Jacob Pramuk contributed to this report.

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