Biden calls for assault weapons ban at gun safety event

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By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden, marking the first major federal gun safety bill passed in three decades, said the United States is “awash in weapons of war” on Monday and renewed his call for assault weapons to be banned. Congress has shown little inclination to outlaw assault weapons after a ban on such weapons expired in 2004, but Biden is hoping to use growing American outrage about mass shootings to lead to greater pressure on lawmakers to change their mind. “Assault weapons need to be banned. They were banned. … I’m determined to ban these weapons again, and hi…

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