President Joe Biden does not support a ban on the sale of handguns, the White House said.
Biden’s press secretary made the statement in response to a question about whether the president wanted to pass a measure similar to the handgun freeze introduced by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“He supports a ban on the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and expanded background checks to keep guns out of the dangerous hands,” Karine Jean-Pierre said of Biden on Tuesday. “He does not support a ban on the sale of all handguns.”
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“We’ll leave it up to other countries to set their policy on gun ownership,” she added.
Recent deadly shootings in Texas and New York have prompted a renewed wave of advocacy for gun control measures.
On Monday, Biden raised the issue of 9 mm guns in remarks about gun control.
“A 9 mm bullet blows the lung out of the body,” he told reporters at the White House. “So the idea of these high-caliber weapons — there’s simply no rational basis for it in terms of self-protection, hunting.”
Biden visited Uvalde, Texas, over the weekend, where he met with the families of victims and survivors of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School. Nineteen children and two teachers died in the shooting last week.
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Jean-Pierre said Biden had gone as far as he could on guns without congressional action.
“He cannot do this alone,” Jean-Pierre said, adding that the next steps would be up to Congress.