Biden signs bipartisan gun safety bill into law

President Joe Biden signs into law S. 2938, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act gun safety bill, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Saturday, June 25, 2022. First lady Jill Biden looks on at right. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON, TGO: U.S. President Joe Biden on Saturday signed into law the “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act”, the first and most significant major federal gun reform legislation in three decades, which passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly on party lines on Friday.

In his remarks at the White House, Biden said, “This bill does not do everything I want, but includes actions I have long called for that saves lives.”

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act enhances certain restrictions and penalties on firearms purchases; promotes evidence-based best practices for school safety; authorises grants to expand access to mental health services; and appropriates emergency funding for mental health resources and school safety measures, according to the White House.