Biden Calls for Ban on Assault Weapons and New ‘Red Flag’ Laws

President Biden demanded on Thursday that lawmakers respond to communities turned into “killing fields” by passing far-reaching limits on guns, calling on Congress to ban assault-style weapons, expand background checks and pass “red flag” laws after massacres in Texas and New York.

In a rare evening address to the nation, Mr. Biden dared Republicans to ignore the repeated convulsions of anger and grief from gun violence by continuing to block gun measures supported by large majorities in both parties, and even among gun owners.

President Biden gave an address at the White House on Thursday calling for Congress to pass several gun control measures after a spate of recent mass shootings. The following is a transcript of his remarks, as recorded by The New York Times.

Memorial Day, this past Monday, Jill and I visited Arlington National Cemetery. As we entered those hallowed grounds, we saw rows and rows of crosses among the rows of headstones and other emblems of belief, honoring those who paid the ultimate price on battlefields around the world.

Democratic lawmakers in New York just passed a package of gun bills that would ban people younger than 21 from purchasing semiautomatic rifles in the state. The legislation, which Gov. Kathy Hochul is expected to sign, also bans most civilians from purchasing bullet-resistant vests.

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