Boulder shooting spurs Neguse to calls on Biden for ban on imported semiautomatic rifles, high-capacity magazines

Following this week’s mass shooting in Boulder that killed 10 people, Colorado U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse called on President Joe Biden to ban semiautomatic rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines that are imported from abroad.

Neguse, who represents Boulder in Congress, sent a letter Thursday with support from more than 60 lawmakers — all Democrats — including Colorado’s Ed Perlmutter, Diana DeGette and Jason Crow.

They’re looking for Biden to issue an executive order to ban imported guns and ammunition,  because it is within the president’s jurisdiction to enact a ban immediately, according to Neguse spokeswoman Sally Tucker.

A wider ban on guns and ammunition would have to move through Congress.

“As our nation battles the health and economic crises created by the COVID-19 pandemic, we
simultaneously must combat the persistent and rising violence caused by access to dangerous firearms,” wrote Neguse and co-signatory Illinois Rep. Robin Kelly, adding later: “These tragedies have struck cities and towns across the nation, many of which are experiencing record levels of gun violence.”

Additionally, Neguse is working closely with the House Judiciary Committee and colleagues in Congress for action to reinstate the assault weapons ban, Tucker said.

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