Biden signs bipartisan gun safety bill

President Joe Biden signed a historical bipartisan gun legislation package Saturday morning.
5:14 | 06/25/22

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- And we're gonna take actions to protect women's rights and reproductive health. This morning, though, I'm here-- we're here-- on a critical issue, gun violence. And you know, I'm about to sign into law a bipartisan safety legislation, gun safety legislation, and time is of the essence. Lives will be saved. When we return from Europe, Jill and I will be hosting an event in the White House on July 11 to mark this historic achievement with members who voted for these families and the families who, in fact, were victimized by a gun shooting that we've seen. So incredible, seen so much of it of late. And advocates have worked really hard to do something about it. I've been at this work for a long, long time, and I know how hard it is. And I know what it takes to get it done. I was there 30 years ago, the last time this nation passed meaningful gun safety laws, and I'm here today for the most significant law to be passed since then, in the last 30 years. I'd like to thank the leaders and members of the House and Senate for working together to get this done. I especially want to thank the families that Jill and I-- many of whom we sat with for hours on end across the country. So many we've gotten to know who lost their souls to an epidemic of gun violence. They lost their child, their husband, their wife. Nothing is going to fill that void in their hearts. But they led the way so other families will not have the experience and the pain and trauma that they had to live through. From Columbine, to Sandy Hook, to Charleston, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland, El Paso, Atlanta, Buffalo, Uvalde, and for the shootings that happen every day in the streets that are mass shootings we don't even hear about, the number of people killed every day in the streets. Their message to us was, do something. How many times have we heard that? Just do something. For God's sake, just do something. Well, today, we did. While this bill doesn't do everything I want, it does include actions I've long called for that are going to save lives. It funds crisis intervention, including red flag laws. It keeps guns out of the hands of people who are a danger to themselves and to others. And it finally closes what is known as the boyfriend loophole, so if you assault your boyfriend or girlfriend, you can't buy a gun or own a gun. It requires young people aged 18 to 21 to undergo enhanced background checks. It includes the first ever federal law that makes gun trafficking and straw purchases distinct federal crimes for the first time and clarifies who needs to register as a federally licensed gun dealer and run background checks before selling a single weapon. This also provides historic funding to address youth mental health crisis in this country, especially the trauma experienced by the survivors of this gun violence. Look, you know, it invests in anti-violence programs at work and work directly with the people who are most likely to commit these crimes and become victims of gun crimes. Today, we say, more than enough. We say, more than enough. It's time when it seems impossible to get anything done in Washington, we are doing something consequential. We can reach compromise on guns. We ought to be able to reach compromise on other critical issues, from Veterans' Health care, to cutting-edge American innovation, to so much more. I know there's much more work to do, and I'm never going to give up, but this is a monumental day. God bless us with the strength to continue to work, to get the work that's left undone done and the lives lost that can't be saved, that, obviously, are gone but will be an inspiration for us to do more. I'm now going to sign this bill into law. [CAMERA SHUTTERS CLACKING] God willing, this could save a lot of lives. Thank you all so very much. REPORTER: Mr. President, can you take a couple questions? - We'll get you [INAUDIBLE]. - No, thanks. I have a helicopter waiting for me to take off. We're gonna have plenty of time to talk about a lot of this. REPORTER: Do you think the Supreme Court is broken, in your view? - I think the Supreme Court has made some terrible decisions. Thank you. REPORTER: And do you think they should-- [INTERPOSING VOICES] REPORTER: --to the Supreme Court? REPORTER: Will you reconsider your previous opposition to expanding the court, sir? What about term limits for justices? [MUSIC PLAYING]

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