Biden decries lack of progress on ‘rational gun safety’ laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is telling family members of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School that he’s surprised by the lack of progress on “rational gun safety” laws three years after the mass shooting of students and teachers.

Biden spoke Wednesday at a fundraiser for an organization called Sandy Hook Promise Champions. He says some changes were made through executive action, but adds that “you’d think by now we’d be in a different place.”

Biden says it took seven years for Congress to approve a ban on assault weapons that has long since expired. He says he won’t give up on efforts to institute a similar ban.

In 2012, a gunman shot and killed 20 children and six staff members at the school in Newtown, Connecticut, before killing himself.

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