White House applauds new assault weapons ban in Illinois


The White House applauded this Wednesday the new assault weapons ban approved in the state of Illinois, which has become the ninth US state in the country to adopt this measure.

White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre has stated that US President Joe Biden “commends the leadership of Illinois Governor JB Pritzker” as well as other senior officials and numerous supporters and survivors for their “tireless efforts “.

In this sense, the Biden Administration considers that their work “turned the pain” of acts of violence with firearms “into meaningful action on behalf of all Illinoisans.”

“Too many Americans across the country continue to lose their lives or loved ones to armed violence,” Jean-Pierre lamented, according to a White House statement.

In addition, Biden has “continued to push for more action” while urging other states to follow the lead of these nine states — from California and New Jersey to New York and Washington.

However, the spokeswoman for the US Administration has highlighted the president’s “historic measures” to reduce violence with firearms, noting the signing of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which she describes as “the first important legislation on security of arms in almost 30 years”.

Pritzker signed into law Tuesday night a law banning the sale and distribution of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, taking effect immediately, CBS reported.

“For the past four years, my administration and my colleagues at the State Capitol have been fighting the powerful forces of the NRA (National Rifle Association) to enshrine stronger and more effective anti-gun violence legislation. effective as we can,” Pritzker said in a statement.

The governor was referring in this statement to the fact that the bill had been debated for years, but had received renewed support following the July 4, 2022 parade shooting in Highland Park, which left seven dead and dozens injured, after that the 21-year-old suspect used a legally acquired semi-automatic weapon, according to the prosecution.

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