On Sunday, President Joe Biden promised to sign a variety of gun control legislation should it make it to his desk. 

In a rare weekend statement from the White House, the 80-year-old chief executive called on lawmakers to step up their efforts at gun regulation and restriction. 

"Once again I ask Congress to send me a bill banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines," said Biden. "Enacting universal background checks. Requiring safe storage. Ending immunity for gun manufacturers. I will sign it immediately. We need nothing less to keep our streets safe."

Echoing his comments, Vice President Kamala Harris released her own, almost carbon copy, statement. 

"Send a bill to President Biden that bans assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, implements universal background checks, and helps keep guns out of the hands of people who are a danger to themselves and others," said Harris. "We need action."
 


The Biden-Harris administration has mentioned bans on popular semi-automatic firearms no fewer than 200 times since taking office in 2020. 

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the 89-year-old California Democrat who penned the original controversial 1994 ban, introduced a new version to Congress earlier this year. The convoluted 126-page measure would ban the sale, transfer, manufacture, and importation of "military-style assault weapons" and "high-capacity magazines and other high-capacity ammunition feeding devices."

Gun industry trade groups estimate that at least 24 million AR-15 and AK-47-style rifles are in circulation in the U.S., making them among the most popular firearms of all time. 

The pro-2A Firearms Policy Coalition responded to Biden's call on social media with a three-word response.

Banner image: Springfield Armory Hellion with "banana" mag. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

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