Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) introduced new legislation Monday that would ban assault weapons and raise the minimum purchase age for assault weapons to 21.
The gunman used a modified semi-automatic weapon in the Monterey Park shootings. Authorities have not yet determined the motive of the gunman, 72-year-old Huu Can Tran.
Biden urged Congress to “act quickly and deliver this assault weapons ban to my desk,” but the bill is not likely to be passed through the Republican-led House.
“Even as we await further details on these shootings, we know the scourge of gun violence across America requires stronger action,” Biden said in a statement.
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Vigils have been held every day since the shooting, including the
roughly thousand people that gathered outside of Monterey Park’s City Hall Tuesday night. Those at the vigil spoke about not letting the shooting define the city and a need for gun control.
“This is a community that so many have aspired to, from so many diverse places, looking to fulfill their dreams,” said councilman Thomas Wong.
Paul Hsu, a 77-year-old Alhambra resident, said he told Ming Wei Ma, the 72-year-old manager of the studio was killed in the shooting, nearly a decade ago the Star Ballroom Dance Studio needed an armed security guard in front of the entrance, but the idea was dismissed because of costs.
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Contributing: Joey Garrison and Tami Abdollah, USA TODAY
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