Biden Signs Executive Order to Ramp Up Gun Control

President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Boys and Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley in Monterey Park, Calif., on March 14, 2023. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on March 14 to advance gun-control measures, including a step toward universal background checks, as much as current law will allow without requiring new legislation.

Biden announced the order in a speech at the site of a Jan. 21, 2023 mass shooting that killed 11 and wounded nine.

The order increases the number of background checks before firearm sales to get “as close to universal background checks as possible without additional legislation,” according to a White House fact sheet.

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