Biden urges ban on ‘assault weapons and high-capacity magazines’ after Boulder attack

US President Joe Biden responded to the Boulder, Colorado grocery store massacre by calling for the urgent reinstatement of the Clinton-era ban on “assault weapons” and other stricter gun control measures.

“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour” to take “common sense” gun control measures, Biden said on Tuesday, even as he admitted not knowing much about the identity of the shooter, his motivation, or the weapons he actually used.

“We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again. I got that done when I was a senator. It passed, it was the law for the longest time and it brought down these mass killings. We should do it again,” the president added.

Ten people, including one police officer, were killed in the attack on a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder on Monday afternoon. The suspect was identified on Tuesday as Ahmad Al Aliwi Al-Issa, 21.

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An undated photo of Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, identified by police as the suspect in a mass shooting at King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, released March 23, 2021 © Reuters / City of Boulder
Police identify suspect in Boulder store shooting as Ahmad Alissa, say they’ve found no motive

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