Biden Calls for Ban on Assault Weapons and New ‘Red Flag’ Laws

The president said the measures were “not about taking away anyone’s guns.”

He also acknowledged that Congress might not come to a consensus,

even as the nation grieves the victims of several mass shootings.

President Joe Biden called on Congress to ban assault weapons or to raise the age to be able to buy one from 18 to 21 and other measures to curb gun violence in the United States in an address Thursday night.

"If we can't ban assault weapons then we should raise the age to purchase them from 18 to 21," Biden said.

He also called for a ban on high-capacity magazines, background checks, red flag laws and a repeal of the immunity

that protects gun manufacturers from legal liability if their weapons are used in violence.

The remarks came the day after the 233rd mass shooting in the U.S. this year took place in Tulsa

Okla., that resulted in five people dead including the shooter at Saint Francis Hospital.