Biden: We'll Target Congressmen Who Oppose Gun Control Efforts

Friday, 30 Aug 2013 12:32 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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The White House will continue its push to strengthen gun control laws, even if it means targeting members of Congress who oppose its agenda, Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday.

"If Congress doesn't act, we'll fight for a new Congress," Biden said in the Roosevelt Room of the White House as he swore in B. Todd Jones as the new director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. "It's that simple. But we're going to get this done."

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In April, a bipartisan gun-control plan that would have expanded background checks and banned assault weapons failed to garner support in the Senate and was killed off, despite polls that showed massive public support in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. school massacre last Dec..

Now, Biden and President Barack Obama are pushing two new measures that they say should curb gun violence and keep weapons from those who shouldn’t have them. The orders are executive actions, which don't require congressional approval.

The orders will stop the import of surplus military weapons and close a loophole that allows felons to get around background checks by registering weapons to companies.

"It's simple, it's straightforward, it's common sense," Biden said.

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