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Democrats urge Biden to take executive action on assault-style firearms

Democrats urge Biden to take executive action on assault-style firearms
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A group of more than 100 House Democrats on Wednesday urged President BidenJoe BidenBiden's quiet diplomacy under pressure as Israel-Hamas fighting intensifies Overnight Defense: Administration approves 5M arms sale to Israel | Biden backs ceasefire in call with Netanyahu | Military sexual assault reform push reaches turning point CDC mask update sparks confusion, opposition MORE to take executive action on regulating concealable assault-style firearms, after that type of weapon was used in the recent shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colo.

In a letter to Biden led by Reps. Mike ThompsonCharles (Mike) Michael ThompsonGiffords group unveils gun violence memorial on National Mall Democrats urge Biden to take executive action on assault-style firearms Democrats have a growing tax problem with SALT MORE (Calif.), Joe NeguseJoseph (Joe) NeguseOvernight Health Care: US to share millions of AstraZeneca vaccine doses with other countries | Biden speaks with Prime Minister Modi as COVID-19 surges in India House Democrats call on Biden to add Medicare-related provisions to economic plan A proposal to tackle congressional inside trading: Invest in the US MORE (Colo.), Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsDemocrat Nikki Fried teases possible challenge to DeSantis The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture Democrats cool on Crist's latest bid for Florida governor MORE (Fla.) and Ed PerlmutterEdwin (Ed) George PerlmutterDemocrats urge Biden to take executive action on assault-style firearms Colorado governor, spouse test positive for COVID-19 Rep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (Colo.), Democratic lawmakers called for action to ensure gun manufacturers can't evade regulations surrounding certain types of firearms, particularly in the National Firearms Act.

Thompson is chairman of the House Democrats' Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, while Neguse represents Boulder, where 10 people, including a police officer, were killed when a gunman opened fire at a King Soopers grocery store last week.

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"For too long, gun manufacturers in order to circumvent the National Firearms Act have designed and marketed concealable AR-15 style firearms which fire rifle rounds," the lawmakers wrote. "Concealable assault-style firearms that fire rifle rounds pose an unreasonable threat to our communities and should be fully regulated under the National Firearms Act consistent with the intent and history of the law."

Firearms subject to the National Firearms Act require a background check with photo identification and fingerprints, as well as registration with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Boulder police have said that the semi-automatic Ruger AR-556 pistol allegedly used in the March 22 shooting by suspected gunman Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa was purchased legally at a gun store.

Alissa has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder, as well as one count of attempted murder.

White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden's quiet diplomacy under pressure as Israel-Hamas fighting intensifies Overnight Defense: Administration approves 5M arms sale to Israel | Biden backs ceasefire in call with Netanyahu | Military sexual assault reform push reaches turning point CDC mask update sparks confusion, opposition MORE said Tuesday that the administration is "working on a couple of levers" to enact new gun control measures in the wake of the Boulder shooting as well as shootings at three spas near Atlanta earlier this month. One of those efforts, she said, includes working with Congress on legislation.

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"While that is moving, while there are discussions on that front — and the president will certainly be engaged in those — we are also continuing to review and consider what the options are for executive actions," Psaki said, although she declined to offer a timeline.

The House passed two gun control bills this month: one that would expand background checks to guns bought over the internet and at gun shows, and another that would extend the review period for a background check from the current three days to 10 days.

The Senate, which is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, has yet to take up either of the bills. It's unclear whether Democrats can secure at least 10 votes from Republicans to overcome a GOP filibuster.

But Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenators shed masks after CDC lifts mandate Pro-tax millionaires protesting in front of Bezos's homes Student debt cancellation advocates encouraged by Biden, others remain skeptical MORE (D-N.Y.) has vowed to take up gun control legislation.

"Make no mistake: Under the Democratic majority, the Senate will debate and address the epidemic of gun violence in this country," Schumer said on the Senate floor last week.