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WASHINGTON - JULY 11: President Joe Biden speaks during an event to celebrate the passage of the "Bipartisan Safer Communities Act," aimed to reduce national gun violence, from the South Lawn of the White House, on Monday, July 11, 2022. (Tom Brenner for The Washington Post)

Today, President Biden heralded last month’s passage of a law that includes the most significant firearms restrictions enacted by Congress in decades but renewed his call for additional actions, including an assault weapons ban, saying, We’re living in a country awash in weapons of war.”

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It matters, but it’s not enough. And we all know that,” Biden said of the new law as he addressed a crowd outside the White House that included survivors and family members of victims of mass shootings.

Meanwhile, the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection is preparing more hearings, including one on Tuesday that will focus on former president Donald Trump’s connections to the far-right and political extremist groups that participated in the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Jason Van Tatenhove, a former spokesman for the Oath Keepers, is expected to testify.

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  • 11 a.m. Eastern time: Biden held an event at the White House commemorating passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. Watch here.
  • 3:45 p.m. Eastern time: White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre held a briefing. Watch here.
  • 5 p.m. Eastern time: Biden got a briefing from NASA officials on images from the Webb Space Telescope.

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