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Over his decades of public service, Vice President Biden has always made gun safety a priority. As a senator, Biden served on the Senate Judiciary Committee and in 1993 was integral to passage of the Brady Bill, which required federal background checks for gun purchases. In 1994, Biden was a key vote on the federal assault weapons ban, which prohibited the future manufacture of assault weapons. Though the ban expired in 2004, this law is one of the building blocks of our current system for keeping firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals.
After Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot in Tucson in 2011, Vice President Biden was a good friend during her recovery and an ardent supporter of her subsequent gun safety advocacy, demonstrating his genuine personal investment in meaningful change. In 2012, after a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Obama administration took action in the face of a gridlocked Congress. President Obama tapped Vice President Biden to lead the task force on potential executive actions. As a result of the vice president’s work, the president signed 23 executive actions into law.
Perhaps more significant than Vice President Biden’s previous accomplishments are his plans for the future. In addition to calling for universal background checks, the regulation of assault weapons, and extreme risk protection orders, Biden’s plan addresses the need to invest in community violence intervention programs, enhance gun safety technology, ensure the relinquishment of firearms from prohibited purchasers, and hold gun manufacturers accountable.
Vice President Biden has long been a leader on gun safety in both the legislative and executive branches, displaying courage in the face of gun lobby opposition. As president, he will continue to work to pass commonsense reforms.