United States President Joe Biden called for a moratorium on the manufacture and sale of semi-automatic assault weapons following the latest shootings recorded in the state of California this Tuesday.
The president mourned the deaths of seven people in the California city, saying in a statement, “Even as we wait to learn more details about these shootings, we know that the United States The scourge of gun violence requires more decisive action.” Monday night
A few hours after this incident, one person was killed and seven were injured in a shooting in the city of Oakland (California). According to local media, the deceased is an 18-year-old boy.
Both incidents happened this weekend, after a festival to celebrate the Chinese New Year left ten people dead in a shooting in Monterey Park, a suburb near Los Angeles with a majority Asian population.
The Monterey Park shooter used a semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine, which is illegal in California, which prohibits the possession of assault weapons.
The United States had already banned the sale of assault weapons in 1994, but the law was designed to expire in ten years and was not renewed in 2004.
On Monday, Democratic senators proposed a bill to re-adopt the ban on assault weapons, and another to raise the minimum age to purchase these weapons to 21.
“I encourage both houses of Congress to act quickly and send this assault rifle ban to my desk,” Biden said.
Last year, after mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, US lawmakers approved a historic package of measures to limit access to firearms, though they fall far short of the progressive goal of banning assault guns. were.
At the same time, however, the US Supreme Court upheld the right of Americans to carry guns in public by striking down a New York law prohibiting carrying firearms on the street without special permission.
Most recently, the same court allowed to remain in force a somewhat limited New York measure that prohibits carrying weapons in places such as theaters, parks, stadiums, health centers or schools.