Joe Biden signed the law on Saturday aimed at establishing firearms regulation, the most important in nearly 30 years, but which remains well below what the American president aspired to. “While this law does not encompass everything I want, it does include measures that I have long called for and that will save lives,” he said at the White House before flying to Israel. Europe. The legislation, backed by members of both the Democratic and Republican parties, passed to the applause of Congress on Friday. It introduces new gun restrictions and spends billions on mental health and school safety. An initiative launched after the Uvalde massacre left 21 dead, including 19 children in a Texas elementary school in late May, and one in Buffalo, New York, in which 10 black people were killed in a supermarket in mid-May. The text aims in particular to strengthen the verification of criminal and psychological backgrounds for buyers of weapons aged 18 to 21 and to establish better control of the illegal sale of weapons and the financing of programs dedicated to mental health. But the measures proposed remain very far from what President Biden wanted, such as the ban on assault rifles. A first for decades After a series of deadly shootings, the text is still a first for decades. Citing the difficulty of passing legislation on such a sensitive subject in the United States in a divided Congress, President Biden called the new legislation “monumental”. The message from the victims of the shootings, he said, was “+do something (…), damn it, do something”. he asserted. “I know there is still a lot of work to do and I will never give up,” he promised.
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