Biden weighing ‘executive action’ on gun control in wake of Boulder shooting

“We are considering a range of levers, including working through legislation, including executive action,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday. “That has been under discussion and will continue to be under discussion.”

Mr Biden addressed the nation on Tuesday to speak out on gun control and offer condolences to the families of the 18 people who have died from the two mass shootings.

“This is not and should not be a partisan issue. This is an American issue,” the president said of two bills that passed the House of Representatives last week that would expand universal background checks to cover private gun sales.

“It will save lives, American lives. We have to act,” Mr Biden said.

The president added that the federal government should also ban “assault weapons”. Law enforcement officials have not publicly released information on what weaponry the Boulder gunman used to kill 10 people at a grocery store on Monday.

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