Statement on House of Representatives Passage of Legislation To Ban Assault Weapons
When I signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act—the first significant piece of gun safety legislation in nearly 30 years—I said that there was still work to be done to keep our communities safe and keep dangerous firearms out of dangerous hands. When guns are the number one killer of children in America, when more children die from guns than active-duty police and Active Duty military combined, we have to act. Today House Democrats acted by unifying to pass an assault weapons ban to keep weapons of war off our streets, save lives in this country, and reduce crime in our communities.
The majority of the American people agree with this commonsense action. The Senate should move quickly to get this bill to my desk, and I will not stop fighting until it does. There can be no greater responsibility than to do all we can to ensure the safety of our families, our children, our homes, our communities, and our Nation.
NOTE: The statement referred to H.R. 1808.
Joseph R. Biden, Statement on House of Representatives Passage of Legislation To Ban Assault Weapons Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/356987