President Biden will seek Congressional approval of a bill to ban assault rifles during the lame-duck session in the next few weeks despite Republican opposition, reports The Hill. On Thanksgiving morning, after a week of three mass shootings, Biden said it was ridiculous that red flag laws are not being enforced. “No. 2, the idea … we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick. It’s just sick. It has no, no social redeeming value. Zero. None. Not a single, solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers,” he said.
This year, a bill to ban assault weapons was introduced in the House, but it was doomed with Democrats holding such a slim majority in the Senate and most Republicans united against the idea. The lift for any gun control bill will be more difficult when the next Congress forms in January as the Republicans take control of the House. After the Uvalde school massacre, Congress passed a gun control bill that expanded background checks for those ages 18 to 21, among other measures. It was the most significant piece of gun control legislation in about three decades, but it fell short of more comprehensive reforms many Democrats and activists had sought. Congress passed a ban on assault weapons in a major 1994 anticrime law but the prohibition lapsed after a decade.