US President Joe Biden Wednesday signed an executive order on “Reducing Gun Violence and Making our Communities Safer.”
The executive order requires several federal department heads to submit a report describing what their agencies have done to implement the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which Biden signed into law last year. The reports by Attorney General Merrick Garland, Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Education Miguel A. Cardona and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas must include a plan for “increasing public awareness and use of resources made available by the Act.”
The order describes the policy of the Biden administration as pursuing “every legally available and appropriate action to reduce gun violence” and calls on the Attorney General to “support efforts to modernize and make permanent the Undetectable Firearms Act.”
Following the signing of the executive order, Biden delivered a speech to a Boys & Girls Club in Monterey Park, California. Monterey Park was the site of a mass shooting in January which left 10 dead. At the time of signing, there have been at least 112 mass shootings in the US in 2023.