Biden signs gun legislation, says ‘it’s going to save a lot of lives’ | USA TODAY


The new legislation enhances background checks on young gun buyers, and encourages states to develop more and better "red flag" laws.

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Proclaiming that "lives will be saved," President Joe Biden signed a bipartisan gun bill Saturday designed to keep weapons away from dangerous people, one month after a horrific elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

"At a time when it seems impossible to get anything done in Washington, we are doing something consequential," Biden said in brief remarks at the White House, hailing the gun bill as the most significant law of its kind in "the last 30 years."

Citing a litany of mass shootings from Las Vegas to Parkland, Fla., Biden said people for too long have urged government to "do something" about the gun problem. "How many times have you heard that?" Biden said. "Just do something; for God’s sake, just do something. Well, today, we did."

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