Biden announces executive order to increase background checks

(NewsNation) — President Joe Biden announced an executive order Tuesday in Monterey Park, California, that aims to increase the number of background checks before gun purchases.

Biden said the executive order directs the attorney general to push the U.S. as close to universal background checks as possible without additional legislation, saying at the press conference, “It’s just common sense to check whether someone is a felon, a domestic abuser, before they buy a gun.”

The executive order also moves to improve public awareness and encourage the effective use of “red flag” laws.

“So more parents, teachers, police officers, health providers, and counselors know how to flag for the court that someone is exhibiting violent tendencies, threatening classmates are experiencing suicidal thoughts that make them a danger to themselves and others,” Biden said. “And temporarily remove that person’s access to firearms.”

According to the Biden administration, 19 states and the District of Columbia have enacted “red flag” laws that allow trusted community members to petition a court to determine whether someone is dangerous and then remove their access to firearms for a certain amount of time.

Biden also highlighted how he plans to hold the gun industry responsible with this executive order during the Tuesday press conference.

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