President Joe Biden Signs Bipartisan Gun Safety Bill Into Law

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President Joe Biden signed the gun safety bill into law on June 25, 2022 (Credit: Whitehouse.gov/Twitter)

President Joe Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into law on June 25, 2022. The legislation aims to stop dangerous people from obtaining firearms and to provide much-needed funds to improve the nation's mental health system. It is the most significant gun control regulation approved by the US Congress since the now-expired Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994.

The law addresses several areas of concern, including the "boyfriend loophole." Under current federal law, those convicted of domestic violence are prohibited from purchasing a firearm only if they are living with, married to, or have a child with their partner. The new provision will prevent a person found guilty of abusing a current or former dating partner from buying a gun. It also calls for more in-depth background checks on gun buyers between the ages of 18 and 21.

States will also receive funding to create crisis intervention programs. The "red flag" law will enable law enforcement officers to petition the court to confiscate guns from individuals believed to be a threat to themselves or others. An additional $15 billion will be spent on improving mental health services and increasing security in schools.

The legislation falls short of the stringent gun control measures — such as assault weapon bans and magazine capacity restrictions — President Biden had hoped for. But both lawmakers and gun safety advocates agree that the bipartisan agreement is a step in the right direction toward saving innocent lives.

Resources: Whitehouse.gov, CNN.com, politico.com, NPR.com, Independent.Co.UK

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  • emmy1011
    emmy10114 days
    That's amazingly awesome thing that's the best thing ever!!!!!!!!!!😀😁😇
    • roseylakey
      I think this a very good thing because this is a good thing and we can all be safe
      • lil_tone501
        I think this is a good thing. I also want to say how I think some people got things a little wrong. (Please correct me if I got something wrong) The point of the bill he signed is to make restrictions of like big assault weapons and other fires arms also the size of its magazine in the gun. It is not banning guns for in the constitution people have a right to own a weapon to protect themselves and maybe there family. So if they were to ban guns they would need to make a whole amendment. I think this can be a seed for better safety when it comes to fire arms.
        • meisi
          meisi12 days
          I think you should be able to buy guns to scare off intruders, but no ammo to hurt them.
          • lilymbb
            lilymbb14 days
            Why🤦🤦?? People should be able to buy guns so the can portect there family's or their selfs .For example: what if someone broke into your home and tried to hurt you family or you. Yay shouer you could go ahead and call the cops but what if they try to hurt you or kill you then you have a way to portect your self with out getting hurt!
          • cheeselover21
            Why cant people just buy airsoft guns? Real guns for public isn’t a good idea.
            • suriya
              suriya18 days
              But thing is people…stay strong, don’t ever get scared.Its okay to get scared but just know that if anything happens for every 1 bead person there’s a ga-zillion good people!😁
              • cabingirl10
                cabingirl10about 1 month
                Thank God for this, we needed this change, but I know people think this isn't huge, but I do, and it will help while we keep putting 1 foot in front of the other.✌❤
                • bloxburgboy
                  bloxburgboyabout 1 month
                  cool
                  • lightning272
                    lightning272about 1 month
                    Why won't Biden make guns illegal everywhere? Guns may help the army but not the citizens. Guns just cause harm.