Former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democratic presidential candidate, is pushing for a reinstatement of an assault weapons ban in the wake of two mass shootings last week that killed 31 people.
“The 1994 assault weapons and high-capacity magazines bans worked. And if I am elected president, we’re going to pass them again — and this time, we’ll make them even stronger,” Biden wrote in a New York Times op-ed published Sunday.
An assault weapons ban hasn’t been in place since 2004, after the 1994 bill signed by former President Bill Clinton expired.
“We have to get these weapons of war off our streets,” Biden wrote.
Biden said he helped lead the effort along with Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) to get the bill passed in 1994, and said he “fought hard to extend” the ban in 2004.