Executive order to increase gun background checks

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President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed an executive order that would increase the number of background checks done before firearm sales.

The order would also expand campaigns to promote safe firearm storage and increase the enforcement of extreme risk protection, or “red flag” laws. Biden will speak about the order Tuesday afternoon in Monterey Park, California where a gunman killed 11 people in January.

What other gun legislation has been enacted recently? Biden last year signed the bipartisan Safer Communities Act that made funding available for states to better monitor gun sales.

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The act was passed 65–33 in June by the Senate with 15 Republicans joining all 50 Democrats to vote in favor. The act also clarified the definition of a federally licensed firearms dealer and required a purchase time delay to investigate firearm buyers who are under 21 years of age. 

This story originally appeared in WORLD. © 2023, reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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I feel left out. When the guy selling guns out of his trunk makes the ‘hood wait in line, he never does a background check. Maybe it’s OK though, if he did the prices would probably start getting as high as the real stores.

Can people really believe that criminals are going to buy guns from stores that do background checks?