Joe Biden on Saturday used the third anniversary of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, for his expected call for further restrictions on gun ownership.
Unlike many of the actions Biden has taken to date, he indicated he would appeal to Congress for help, not use executive orders for a change.
"The Parkland students and so many other young people across the country who have experienced gun violence are carrying forward the history of the American journey," he said in a statement. "It is a history written by young people in each generation who challenged prevailing dogma to demand a simple truth: We can do better. And we will."
He added: "This administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call. We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer. Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets."