Biden reiterates call for assault weapons ban on 25th anniversary of Columbine

President Joe Biden commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting by again calling on Congress to pass new gun violence legislation.

Though the president signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into law in 2022, the package lacked a number of gun violence initiatives he’d pushed for, including nationally mandated background checks for firearm purchases, a new national “red flag” law, and the reinstitution of the 1994 federal ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Since 2022, Biden and other White House officials have consistently called for Congress to codify the provisions not included in the BSCA.

In a statement Saturday, Biden said that he and first lady Jill Biden “continue to pray for the survivors and families impacted by this traumatic event, as well as a community that was forever changed.”

The Columbine shooting resulted in
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