White House announces new rule requiring background checks for firearm purchases online, at gun shows

At the White House briefing on Thursday, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced a new rule requiring background checks for unlicensed gun purchases, including those that are conducted online or at gun shows.

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KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: These same families and other survivors of gun violence turned their pain into purpose. They organized, demanded action, and marched for their lives. And thanks to their collective efforts, President Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the most significant gun-safety law in nearly 30 years.

Today we are building on that progress and announcing a new rule that saves lives by requiring background checks for all gun dealers engaged in the business of firearms dealing, including for guns sold at gun shows and online. This new rule implements the only significant expansion of background-check requirements since then Senator Biden helped shepherd the Brady Bill over the finish line in 1993.

Today's new action furthers the Biden-Harris administration's historic efforts to stop the illegal flow of guns and hold those who supply firearms used in crime accountable, but there's still much work to be done. President Biden and Vice President Harris continue to call on Congress to enact universal background checks and finish the job.