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Biden signs the first gun control law in three decades

Joe Biden, the president of the United States signed the Bipartisan Act for Safer Community on Saturday.

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Biden signs the first gun control law in three decades

Joe Biden, the president of the United States signed the Bipartisan Act for Safer Community on Saturday. This law is the first to limit, even timidly, firearm possession for the next 30 years. It was hailed by the president as a "monumental rule".

"Time is of the essence." Biden spoke of the new law as a way to save lives. He also announced that he was returning to Europe this Sunday to take part in the G7 meeting. Next Tuesday, he will fly to Madrid to attend NATO summit. There he will meet the representatives who supported the law as well as relatives of victims of violence using firearms.

"Today, we have said more than enough. We have said more than enough. We have done something meaningful (...). in Washington at a time that seemed impossible. There is still much to be done. Europa Press reports that Biden said after signing the long-awaited gun control law.

This legislation is actually a response to recent gun violence in the United States. The massacre of children at Uvalde (Texas), and the attack on several African Americans in a Buffalo supermarket (New York) were two of the most shocking.

234 votes against 193 votes approved the initiative on Friday. It also received the support of 14 Republican Congressmen who are considered "rebels", which is a group that still includes the controversial former president Donald Trump. It was approved by the Senate 65 to 33, with 15 Republicans including Republican spokesperson Mitch McConnell, on Thursday night.

The new law, with a budget of 12,300 millions euros (13,000 million US dollars), tightens the criminal record check for buyers of arms aged 18-21 years. These measures make gun trafficking harder and clarify what a federal gun sales permit is.

The new regulations will also finance violence prevention programs, school safety, and mental health. Biden wanted to impose more restrictions on assault weapons sales and to get the ban lifted from the public, but he was unable to do so due to a lack of support.

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