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Biden signs gun safety bill into law, takes swipe at Supreme Court

World Jun 26, 2022 09:55AM ET
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© Reuters. U.S. President Joe Biden signs S. 2938: Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into law from the Roosevelt Room at the White House as first lady Jill Biden stands next to him in Washington, U.S., June 25, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

By Trevor Hunnicutt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden on Saturday signed into law the first major federal gun reform in three decades, days after a decision he condemned by the Supreme Court expanding firearm owners' rights.

"God willing, it's going to save a lot of lives," Biden said at the White House after signing the bill with his wife Jill by his side.

The bipartisan bill came together just weeks after mass shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo that killed more than 30 people, including 19 children at an elementary school.

The law includes provisions to help states keep guns out of the hands of those deemed to be a danger to themselves or others.

The reform came the same week as the Supreme Court expanded gun owners' rights, saying on Thursday for the first time that the U.S. Constitution protected an individual's ability to carry a handgun in public for self-defense.

"The Supreme Court has made some terrible decisions," Biden told reporters after that ruling, and another on Friday that eliminated the right to abortion nationwide.

Gun control has long been a divisive issue in the nation with several attempts to put new controls on gun sales failing time after time.

Biden, who is looking to improve sagging public approval ratings ahead of Nov. 8 midterm elections for control of Congress, made securing victories on gun control a part of his campaign pitch to voters.

The new law blocks gun sales to those convicted of abusing unmarried intimate partners and cracks down on gun sales to purchasers convicted of domestic violence. It also provides new federal funding to states that administer "red flag" laws intended to remove guns from people deemed dangerous to themselves and others.

It does not ban sales of assault-style rifles or high-capacity magazines. But it does take some steps on background checks by allowing access, for the first time, to information on significant crimes committed by juveniles.

"At this time when it seems impossible to get anything done in Washington, we are doing something consequential: If we can reach compromise on guns, we oughta be able to reach compromise on other critical issues," Biden said before traveling to Germany for the Group of Seven rich nations summit.

"I know there's much more work to do, and I'm never gonna give up. But this is a monumental day."

He said he would host families of gun violence victims and lawmakers at a White House event on July 11 to mark the passage of the gun safety law.

(Reportng by Trevor Hunnicutt; Additional reporting by Lucia Mutikani; editing by John Stonestreet and Chizu Nomiyama)

Biden signs gun safety bill into law, takes swipe at Supreme Court
 

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Michael Mcdonough
Michael Mcdonough Jun 26, 2022 12:40PM ET
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Biden Crime Family…not good role models to say the least..
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jun 26, 2022 12:40PM ET
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Oh, sure. Because a faithful husband, truthful to his oath and using his office in the service of others is horrible compared to a philandering, vulgar, self-interested conman willing to violate his oath of office to maintain his position at the expense of Democracy, America and the truth itself. Teach your children well.
Will Bowers
Will Bowers Jun 26, 2022 11:06AM ET
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See you in November! Lol! Hope election is lagit this time or we will see a seperation of the states. Aka cival war
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jun 26, 2022 11:06AM ET
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I hope no losing candidates try to fraudulently scheme to overturn legitimate results.
Will Bowers
Will Bowers Jun 26, 2022 10:57AM ET
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As a working class person on th “streets” of life its amazing how politicans soround them selvs with secret service for them selves and claim new “laws” will make a difference. Lol.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jun 26, 2022 10:57AM ET
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As a person with a brain, its amazing how politicans soround them selvs with secret service for them selves and claim new “laws” will not make a difference. Lol. (Sorry for the spelling, I'm 11.)
jason xx
jason xx Jun 26, 2022 10:56AM ET
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At least Biden is making a real effort to work with Republicans. Nothing will ever get done if people like traitor trump treats political opponents as enemies. Anyone who disagreed with traitor trump was an "enemy". It was ridiculous and shame on the poorly educated losers who supported him and his hostile takeover plans
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jun 26, 2022 10:56AM ET
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Well said, jasson. This only sounds odd to know-nothing kooks.
G D
G D Jun 26, 2022 10:56AM ET
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Trump was/is a Russian asset, beyond any reasonable doubt or beyond just economic and small time political gains (Biden and China connections).Now we need to drain the country of his partners in crime, they pose an extreme threat.
Will Bowers
Will Bowers Jun 26, 2022 10:42AM ET
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Laws dont stop immorality. Thugs dont follow the law anyway. Good luck Dems in November! Lol
jason xx
jason xx Jun 26, 2022 10:42AM ET
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First a ton of the biggest mass shootings were done with legally purchased weapons. 2 an assassin needs his tools to do the job. Less guns available = less chance the suspect gets his weapon. St u. pid legal owners are to blame for the massive amounts of guns in circulation because they have been losing them for generations. There is still WW2 Era 45's available on the street because of careless owners.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jun 26, 2022 10:42AM ET
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Thugs don't follow the law? You are talking about Trump now, right?
Brad Albright
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Interesting perspective. Sounds like you are against trying to legislate morality as a matter of principle -- or is that an argument of convenience that does not apply to other issues, like women's health?
Todd Gray
Todd Gray Jun 26, 2022 10:37AM ET
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gridlock is way better than bipolar politics.
Todd Gray
Todd Gray Jun 26, 2022 10:34AM ET
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Funny how mass shootings started to rise in the mid 70's, which was a few short years after liberals recaptured the federal power they lost in the aftermath of the great depression. of course liberals blame anything and everyone. they were the ones who dismantled traditional family values and made most people continually poorer by sending jobs overseas for higher profit margins. that's how the hid inflation; selling us cheaper & cheaper disposable junk. then they taxed us more to clean up all the junk they sold us.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jun 26, 2022 10:34AM ET
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Loony tunes. The great depression started in 1929. It was the leadership of the longest serving president in US history, Democrat Franklin Delnoe Roosevelt. You are entitled to your kooky opinion, but it is in complete contradiction to the facts.
G D
G D Jun 26, 2022 10:34AM ET
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You do know the Great Depression was in 1929 right? My god, what are you doing on a finance/economy website?
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jun 26, 2022 10:34AM ET
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It was the leadership of the longest serving president in US history, Democrat Franklin Delnoe Roosevelt that rescued the US.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jun 26, 2022 10:34AM ET
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G D He has been told this previously, but like so many of the right wing know-nothing kooks, he would rather maintain a fantasy then adjust his view to the facts.
Randall Paul
Randall Paul Jun 26, 2022 10:03AM ET
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ban cars I say. cars ***
John Hat
John Hat Jun 25, 2022 6:25PM ET
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#Libtarrrd. He wants to save lives, but wants uninterrupted baby sacrifices.
John Zeman
John Zeman Jun 25, 2022 6:25PM ET
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he sits to pee
Carrascal Eduardo
Edouard Jun 25, 2022 4:07PM ET
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In fact coup d'état and Justice. Where is the USA going? Inflation and economic crisis in sight. Biden and the US messing up in Ukraine. Falling inside and elections in November. After WWII 4/5 wars in the world all lost.. Sad
 
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