Joe Biden to seek assault weapons ban in waning days of Dems’ control of Congress
President Biden will move to get an assault weapons ban passed while Democrats still remain in control of the House during Congress’ lame-duck session.
Mr. Biden told reporters he would try to “get rid of assault weapons” while answering questions during his Thanksgiving holiday in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
“The idea [that] we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick. Just sick. It has no, no social redeeming value. Zero. None. Not a single solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers,” Mr. Biden said.
Asked if he would pursue a ban in the final days of the current Congress, Mr. Biden said he would “try” and figure out if he has the votes.
“I’m going to do it whenever — I’ve got to make that assessment as I get in and start counting votes,” he said.
Mr. Biden would need to move swiftly to push for a ban: Republicans are set to take control of the House in January.
Mr. Biden’s comments come shortly after recent mass shootings left six people dead at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, and five people dead at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The suspect in the nightclub shooting, 22-year-old Anderon Lee Aldrich, faces murder and hate crime charges over the shooting that also injured dozens.
Authorities said he used a semi-automatic weapon during the shooting.