President Joe Biden signed into law the bipartisan gun control bill Saturday morning, hailing it as “the most important law” on the subject “in the past 30 years.”
The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act was crafted by 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans after mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas shocked the nation. The bill passed both the Senate and House with bipartisan support and is considered the most significant federal gun control legislation passed in decades. (RELATED: Senate votes to start debate on bipartisan gun control legislation soon after its contents are released)
“I was there 30 years ago, the last time this country passed meaningful gun safety laws,” Biden said at the White House on Saturday morning. “And I’m here today for the most important law to have been passed since then, in the last 30 years. I want to thank the leaders and members of the House and Senate for working together to make this happen. I would especially like to thank the families [of the victims].”
“They lost their child, their husband, their wife,” Biden added. “Nothing will fill that void in their hearts. But they paved the way, so that other families didn’t have to go through the pain and trauma they had to go through.
Although Biden noted that the “bill doesn’t do everything” he asked for, the president pointed out that it “includes” some of the actions he called for. The bipartisan “Safer Communities Act” provides funding for crisis intervention programs, and that funding can be used for things like “red flag” programs and mental health courts.
The bill also addresses the “boyfriend loophole,” which allowed a person convicted of a crime of domestic violence to possess a firearm if they did not live with their victim, were not married to his victim or had no children with his victim. victim, reported Les actualites.
The bipartisan “Safer Communities Act” essentially changes the definition of what dating is – now, according to the bill, it is defined as “a relationship between people who have or have recently had an ongoing serious relationship of a romantic or intimate nature. – reported.
The bill that Biden touted on Saturday does not go so far as to ban certain types of firearms or establish a universal federal background check system. Yet it also contains provisions that expand background checks if a person is between 18 and 21 and provides additional funding for school security, according to -. The background check provision is not permanent, as it expires in 10 years, The New York Times noted.
“God willing, this is going to save a lot of lives,” Biden said as he signed the bill.