President Joe Biden signed an executive order in Monterey Park, California, where a mass shooting took place in January killing 11 people that mandates required background checks for all firearm sales and cracks down on sellers who break the law.
The executive order “does not require the approval of Congress,” Causes.com reported. Instead it allows Biden to take action based on his authority as president.
“Every few days in the United States, we mourn a new mass shooting,” Biden said in the order. “We cannot accept these facts as the enduring reality of life in America,” the President’s order said. “Instead, we must together insist that we have had enough.”
The executive order will task Attorney General Merrick Garland to move the nation “as close to universal background checks as possible.” The executive order will make firearms dealers who violate the law public knowledge, while establishing a system to prevent these sellers from continuing to sell guns.
It will mandate that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issue a report on how gun manufacturers advertise and market to minors. As well direct the Department Of Justice and the Secretary of Transportation to “create a plan to reduce the number of firearms that are lost or stolen during shipping,” Causes.com reported.
The executive order will promote the extreme risk protection orders, also known as red flag laws. Red flag laws are currently active in nineteen states and the District of Columbia and “allows individuals to petition a court to temporarily confiscate guns from people who pose a danger to themselves or others,” Causes.com reported.
“Too many lives have been taken by gun violence,” Karine Jean-Pierre, White House press secretary, said. “But he believes we need to do more. You’ll hear him call on Congress to take action and not to stop … that we need to continue.”