On Wednesday (March 15), President Joe Biden reiterated his commitment to banning “assault weapons and high-capacity magazines” similar to legislation he had assisted in passing in 1994.
The President explained in a tweet that he was “determined” to follow through on banning assault weapons before calling on Congress to “finish the job.”
In the tweet, Biden expressed being “determined” to “ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines” once again, noting that back in 1994, he “led the fight” to ban assault weapons, resulting in mass shootings decreasing.
Biden concluded that it was time to “finish the job” before reiterating that it was time to “ban assault weapons.”
In his tweet, the President referenced a 1994 law that launched a ten-year ban on manufacturing, possessing, and transferring semiautomatic assault weapons and “large capacity ammunition feeding devices.” The law expired on September 13, 2004.
Biden has made banning assault weapons — a vague term that most Americans use to describe AR-15s — a critical component of his Presidency, with the effort ramping up after several mass shootings this year.
Biden made his recent call to action after visiting an area in Monterey Park, California, where a mass shooting occurred at a dance studio in January, resulting in 11 deaths.
According to investigators, the shooter, who later died by suicide, used a modified 9-millimeter Mac-10; the shooter was also found with a Norinco 7.62 x 25 semiautomatic rifle near his body.
When Biden visited the Los Angeles neighborhood on Tuesday, he called for Congress to “do something,” adding it should be “something big.”