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Vice President Kamala Harris said Congress must move to pass gun control legislation — but stopped short of saying President Biden would take immediate executive action if the Senate lacks the votes.
Harris made the comments Wednesday on “CBS This Morning” in the wake of back-to-back mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado that left a total of 18 people dead.
“It is time for Congress to act,” the vice president said.
“And stop with the false choices. This is not about getting rid of the Second Amendment. It’s simply about saying we need reasonable gun safety laws. There is no reason why we have assault weapons on the streets of a civil society. They are weapons of war. They are designed to kill a lot of people quickly.”
Harris urged the narrowly divided Senate to pass two bills already approved by the House that would expand background checks.
“The point here is, Congress needs to act, and on the House side, they did. There are two bills which the president is prepared to sign. And so we need the Senate to act,” she told CBS’ Gayle King.
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