The President of the United States, Joe Biden yesterday evening called on Congress to act quickly to ban assault weapons, as California reeled from two deadly mass shootings in less than 48 hours.
Africa Today News, New York reports that a group of senators had on Monday reintroduced a federal Assault Weapons Ban and legislation that would raise the minimum purchase age for assault weapons to 21.
In a statement on Wednesday morning, Biden said; ‘We know the scourge of gun violence across America requires stronger action. I once again urge both chambers of Congress to act quickly and deliver this Assault Weapons Ban to my desk, and take action to keep American communities, schools, workplaces, and homes safe’.
A suspected gunman was in custody Tuesday over the killing of seven people in a rural community in northern California, just two days after a mass shooting at a Lunar New Year celebration near Los Angeles.
A law banning assault rifles expired in 2004 and Congress has repeatedly failed to renew it even as the country endures repeated mass shootings.
Meanwhile, many Republicans oppose a ban citing the constitutional right to gun ownership.
In another report, officials in the United States have just discovered no fewer than six more classified documents during a new search of President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware.
According to a lawyer, some of the classified documents and ‘surrounding materials’ dated from Biden’s tenure in the US Senate, where he represented Delaware from 1973 to 2009.
This was confirmed by the president’s personal lawyer, Bob Bauer, in a statement on Sunday morning.
Other documents were from his tenure as vice president in the Obama administration, from 2009 through 2017, Bauer said.
The level of classification and whether they remained classified was not immediately clear.