President Biden delivered remarks Wednesday afternoon on his administration’s plan to prevent gun crime, amid a recent rise in homicides and other violent crime across the country.

“Crime historically rises during the summer. As we emerge from this pandemic, with the country opening back up again, the traditional summer spike may be more pronounced than it usually would be, Biden said.

The president announced that he is directing his administration to revoke the licenses of gun sellers who neglect to run required background checks or are caught willfully selling a weapon to a person who is not permitted to have one. He will also allow $350 billion in federal stimulus money to be used instead to fund police departments in areas that have recorded an increase in crime.

On Wednesday morning, Biden attended the funeral of the late senator John Warner (R-Va.) at Washington National Cathedral, where he praised his longtime Senate colleague as a statesman who “understood that democracy is more than a form of government.”

Here’s what to know

  • Vice President Harris will travel to the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday, amid mounting criticism from Republicans that neither she nor Biden has traveled to the country’s southern border.
  • Prominent Democrats have increasingly softened their opposition to voter identification requirements that activists have long vilified as an insidious method of keeping minorities from the ballot box.
  • New York’s Democratic primary for mayor was left unsettled on Tuesday night, with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams appearing to have the advantage.
  • Socialist India Walton ousted four-term Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown in Tuesday’s Democratic primary and is all but certain to win in November in the heavily Democratic city, New York’s second-biggest.