President Joe Biden on Tuesday called for an immediate ban on assault weapons – including the elimination of loopholes – following Monday’s mass shooting inside a Boulder, Colorado King Soopers supermarket that killed ten people, including one police officer.
Biden said in an address from the White House:
We’re still waiting for more information regarding the shooter, his motive, the weapons he used, the guns, the magazines, the weapons, the modifications that apparently have taken place to those weapons that are involved here. I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save the lives in the future and I urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act. We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again. I got that done when I was a Senator. It passed, it was law for the longest time. And it brought down these mass killings. We should do it again. We can close the loopholes in our background checks system, including the Charleston loophole. That’s one of the best tools we have right now to prevent gun violence.
The Center for American Progress explains the “Charleston loophole” on its website:
In the vast majority of cases, when an individual seeks to buy a gun and submits to a background check, the National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS) returns a definitive result within a matter of minutes, indicating whether the buyer is legally eligible to buy a gun. However, in a small number of cases, the system is unable to make an immediate determination as to whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy a gun. Under current federal law, the FBI has three business days to continue to investigate. If after three days, the FBI has not concluded the investigation, the gun seller has the discretion to proceed with the sale, despite the lack of an affirmative finding that the individual is eligible to buy a firearm. These sales are called ‘default proceed’ sales.
Watch below via CBS News:
President Biden: "We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again. I got that done when I was a senator. It passed, it was the law for the longest time and it brought down these mass killings. We should do it again." https://t.co/RRG9ImW8JW pic.twitter.com/KniEdGZ1iY
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