Biden signs bipartisan gun legislation

The measure doesn’t go as far as President Joe Biden hoped, but he hailed it as progress.
2:35 | 06/25/22

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SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN ON THE FUTURE OF THE REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS. >>> NEXT HERE TONIGHT, HISTORIC GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION IS NOW LAW. PRESIDENT BIDEN SIGNING THE BIPARTISAN BILL TODAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE BEFORE LEAVING FOR EUROPE. THE MEASURE DOESN'T GO AS FAR AS THE PRESIDENT HAD HOPED, BUT HE'S HAILING IT AS PROGRESS. HERE'S ABC'S ALEX PRESHA. >> Reporter: TONIGHT, THE COUNTRY'S FIRST MAJOR GUN-SAFETY LAW IN NEARLY 30 YEARS. >> GOD WILLING, IT'S GOING TO SAVE A LOT OF LIVES. >> Reporter: PRESIDENT BIDEN SIGNING THE SAFER COMMUNITIES ACT JUST BEFORE HIS TRIP TO EUROPE, THE CULMINATION OF BIPARTISAN NEGOTIATIONS IN CONGRESS AND MOVED BY THE DEADLY MASS SHOOTINGS IN BUFFALO AND TEXAS. >> THEIR MESSAGE TO US WAS DO SOMETHING. I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES WE HEARD THAT, JUST DO SOMETHING. FOR GOD'S SAKE, JUST DO SOMETHING. WELL, TODAY, WE DID. >> Reporter: BIDEN'S PRAISED THE LEGISLATION DESPITE IT NOT INCLUDING EVERYTHING HE'S CALLED FOR. THE MORE THEN $13 BILLION PACKAGE ENHANCES BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR GUN BUYERS UNDER 21, IT EXPANDS THE CATEGORY OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ABUSERS BANNED FROM BUYING A GUN, IT GIVES INCENTIVES FOR STATES TO PASS RED FLAG LAWS, AND GIVES FUNDS FOR INTERVENTION, SCHOOL SECURITY, AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. THE ACT DOES NOT INCLUDE A BAN ON ASSAULT WEAPONS, NOR DOES IT RAISE THE AGE LIMIT ON BUYING THEM FROM 18 TO 21. THE LAW WAS DEPENDENT ON BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. SENATORS INVOLVED IN NEGOTIATIONS CALLED IT A GOAL NOT A GUARANTEE. IN THE END, IT HAD ENOUGH REPUBLICAN VOTES IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE. >> THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. >> Reporter: APPLAUSE BROKE OUT FRIDAY AS SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI CALLED THE VOTE. AND TODAY, HOURS AFTER THE GUN REFORM LAW WAS SIGNED, THE LAST OF THE UVALDE VICTIMS WAS LAID TO REST. 10-YEAR-OLD UZIYAH GARCIA, REMEMBERED FOR HIS CONTAGIOUS LAUGH, SHAGGY HAIR, AND SILLY JOKES. >> THAT COMMUNITY STILL DEVASTATED BY THIS TRAGEDY. ALEX PRESHA JOINING US NOW. ALEX, THAT VOTE COMING ON THE HEEL OF A MAJOR GUN RIGHTS RULING BY THE SUPREME COURT, STRIKING DOWN A NEW YORK STATE LAW THAT REQUIRED ANYONE SEEKING TO CONCEAL CARRY A HANDGUN SHOW PROPER CAUSE. WE KNOW NEW YORK AND SEVEN OTHER STATES HAVE THESE REQUIREMENTS. HOW ARE THEY RESPONDING TONIGHT? >> Reporter: WHIT, MANY OF THESE STATES ARE RUSHING TO REVISE THEIR RULES AND THEIR LAWS. NEW JERSEY'S GOVERNOR SIGNED A EXECUTIVE ORDER TO SEE WHICH AREAS CAN BE DESIGNATED AS GUN-FREE SENSITIVE PLACES, INCLUDING HOSPITALS, COURTHOUSES, AND PUBLIC TRANSIT. AND THEN NEW YORK'S GOVERNOR HAS CALLED FOR A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE SESSION TO LIMIT WHERE CONCEALED CARRY IS ALLOWED, AND WHIT, THAT

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