White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed Friday that President Biden intends to sign executive orders on gun control.
Psaki replied “Yes” to a journalist’s question about whether journalists should “wait for executive orders from the president on weapons measures.”
But he said the timing was unclear due to a review process.
“When the president was vice president in the Obama-Biden administration, he helped launch 23 executive actions to combat gun violence. It is one of the levers that we can use, ”said Psaki at his daily press conference.
The new gun control push by Democrats follows the murders Monday of 10 people at a Boulder, Colorado grocery store. Last week, a gunman killed eight at massage parlors in the Atlanta area.
According to recent reports.
Warrants reported under consideration are not necessarily applicable to recent shootings.
Suspected Atlanta shooter Robert Long, 21, purchased a semi-automatic firearm from a dealer after passing a background check on the day of the murders. Suspected Boulder gunman Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, also 21, purchased a Ruger AR-556 pistol after passing a background check six days before the attack.
Biden called for gun control legislation Tuesday in a White House speech, but significant reforms are unlikely to pass in the evenly divided Senate, where 60 votes are generally needed to pass bills.
Thirty-five Democratic senators introduced legislation this month to ban “assault weapons,” including popular semi-automatic pistols like the AR-15 type rifles. But it is not likely to happen. Bipartisan legislation previously failed to expand mandatory background checks to cover private gun transfers between non-dealers.
As vice president, Biden led a federal gun control task force formed in late 2012 after the mass murder of 27 at a Connecticut elementary school. At the time, Biden gave gun advice that lawyers say could violate existing laws, including encouraging people to shoot guns into the air and through closed doors to combat potential threats.