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President Biden signs order to tighten background checks on people who buy guns

origin 1President Biden has made clear his intention to try to ban assault weapons ©Seth Perlman/Copyright 2023 The AP. All rights reserved.

President Joe Biden has made another bid to tighten gun control in the United States.

He used an executive order to increase the number of background checks needed before someone can purchase a firearm.

The move aims to move the United States “as close to universal background checks as possible without additional legislation.”

On Tuesday, Biden visited a suburban community near Los Angeles where a gunman broke into a dance hall and killed eleven people in January.

“I am determined to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines,” Biden told the families of some of the victims who were in the audience for his remarks, along with the 26-year-old who snatched the semi-automatic pistol from the gunman.

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Currently, firearms laws vary from state to state. The latest decree does not require congressional approval.

Last year, Biden attempted to push through a law banning assault weapons, but he’s unlikely to go far with Republicans in control of the US House of Representatives.