Micheal Chukwuebuka, Reporting
U.S President, Joe Biden, is expected to sign an executive order designed to increase firearms background checks in a visit to a Los Angeles suburb that was the site of a mass shooting this year.
Biden plans to sign the order in Monterey Park, where 11 persons were shot dead in January at a gathering for Lunar New Year celebrations, a senior administration official told reporters.
According to the official, the executive order would direct the Attorney General, Merrick Garland, to clarify the statutory definition of who is engaged in the business of selling firearms.
“This news would mean fewer guns will be sold without background checks, and therefore fewer guns will end up in the hands of felons and domestic abusers,” the official said during an exclusive interview with a source.
On the executive order scheduled for today, Tuesday 14th, Biden is also expected to reiterate his call for Congress to ban so-called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Recall that Biden urged Congress to act in his State of the Union address last month, when he honoured an officer, Brandon Tsay, who helped take down the Monterey Park suspect.