US President calls for ban on assault weapons

US President Joe Biden has called for Congress to act quickly to ban assault weapons, as California reeled from two deadly mass shootings in less than forty eight hours.

A group of senators on Monday reintroduced a federal Assault Weapons Ban and legislation that would raise the minimum purchase age for assault weapons to twenty one.

A suspected gunman was in custody yesterday over the killing of seven people in a rural community in northern California, just two days after a mass shooting at a Lunar New Year celebration near Los Angeles.

A law banning assault rifles expired in two thousand and four and Congress has repeatedly failed to renew it even as the country endures repeated mass shootings.

Many Republicans oppose a ban citing the constitutional right to gun ownership.