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Biden Addresses Gun-Control Group Hours After Son’s Firearms Conviction

President Biden told the nation’s largest gun-control group on Tuesday that he had secured extensive reforms on firearms safety but acknowledged that he had not achieved several of his priorities.

And he attacked former President Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, for not doing more to reduce gun violence during Mr. Trump’s term in office.

“More children are killed in America by guns than cancer and car accidents combined,” Mr. Biden said in Washington, at the annual training conference for Everytown for Gun Safety, the group backed by Michael R. Bloomberg, before mentioning Mr. Trump’s connection to the National Rifle Association. “My predecessor told the N.R.A. convention recently, he’s proud of, quote, ‘I did nothing on guns when I was president,’ and by doing nothing, he made the situation considerably worse.”

During Mr. Biden’s speech, which was briefly interrupted by pro-Palestinian protesters, he called for a ban on assault weapons, an end to wide-ranging legal immunity for gun manufacturers and the passage of universal background checks.

Mr. Biden was speaking just hours after his son Hunter Biden was convicted in Delaware of three felony counts of lying on a federal firearms application in 2018. In a statement issued by the White House, Mr. Biden said he would “accept the outcome of this case and will continue to respect the judicial process as Hunter considers an appeal.” He also expressed his “love and support” for his son, who has struggled with drug addiction but who says he has been sober since mid-2019.

Previously, the president had vowed not to pardon Hunter Biden if he were to be found guilty.

He did not address his son’s conviction during his remarks on Tuesday.

Mr. Biden has made gun reform

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