Biden introduces 13 new regulations tackling gun violence

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Over the weekend, President Joe Biden introduced 13 new regulations with the aim of tackling the country’s gun violence epidemic.

The declaration coincided with the one-year anniversary of a mass shooting in Buffalo, New York which left 10 people dead.

Biden’s actions stem from the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, a piece of legislation signed into law in June. The law makes it more difficult for people under 21 to acquire guns and increases funding for mental health and safety measures in schools, among other provisions.

“America doesn’t have to be a place where our children learn how to duck and cover from a shooter, or scan a movie theater or restaurant for their exit options,” Biden wrote in an op-ed published in USA Today commemorating the announcement.

“We cannot sit back and pass this problem off to the next generation to solve. If we wait, too many of them will never have the chance to grow up.”

The new provisions will be implemented alongside law enforcement personnel and the U.S. Department of Justice through trainings and the enforcement of new policies, according to a press release.

Gun violence is now the leading cause of death for children in the United States, an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization focusing on major healthcare issues in the U.S., found.

To stop firearms from getting into the hands of potential shooters, the federal government plans to educate local police on quickly responding to background check inquiries and ensuring officials are given dating relationship history as part of arrest and adjudication records.

Although it’s unclear how that data will be gathered or what’ll be included in it.

Officials hope that the latter regulation will narrow the “boyfriend loophole,” which allowed some people convicted of domestic abuse to own firearms.

Before the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act’s passage, only partners that lived with, were married to or had a child with their significant other were barred from purchasing a gun if they’d been convicted of domestic violence.

According to Justice Department data, the law has stopped 160 firearms from being purchased since its implementation.

Additional funding will be made available to high-need school districts determined by states to implement safety protocols and increase mental health services to provide support to students and faculty that have been harmed by gun violence.

Though Biden touted the law as the “most significant gun safety legislation in nearly 30 years” he called on Congress to do more, specifically by banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, forcing gun owners to securely store their firearms, performing background checks on all gun sales and ensuring gun manufacturers are held liable.

“I have already taken more meaningful executive action to reduce gun violence than any other president,” he wrote. “But my power is not absolute.”

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