President Joe Biden signs sweeping gun violence law in decades, saying ‘lives will be saved’

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Saturday signed the broadest gun violence law in decades, a bipartisan compromise that seemed unimaginable until a recent spate of mass shootings, including the massacre of 19 students and two teachers at a Texas elementary school.

“Lives will be saved,” he said at the White House. Citing the families of shooting victims, the President said: “Your message to us was to do something. Well, today we did.”

The House of Representatives gave final approval Friday after the Senate passed Thursday, and Biden acted just before leaving Washington for two summits in Europe.

The legislation will tighten background checks on the youngest gun buyers, keep firearms away from more domestic abusers and help states introduce warning signs that make it easier for authorities to take guns away from people deemed dangerous.

Most of the $13 billion cost will help bolster mental health programs and support schools targeted in mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and Parkland, Fla., and elsewhere.

The measure follows Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling overturning a New York law that restricted people’s ability to carry concealed weapons.

While the bill lacks tougher restrictions that Democrats have long advocated, such as a ban on assault weapons and background checks on all gun deals, it is Congress’ most powerful measure against gun violence since passing a now-expired assault weapons ban in 1993.

“While this bill doesn’t do everything I want, it does contain actions that I have long called for that will save lives,” Biden said.

After the recent shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas, there were enough Republicans in Congress alongside the Democrats to support the moves. It took weeks behind closed doors, but senators emerged with a compromise.

Biden held the signing ceremony in Germany shortly before leaving for a summit of the group of seven leading economic powerhouses – the United States, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. He will later travel to Spain for a NATO meeting.

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