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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Thursday that he will launch a new effort to ban assault rifles after a spate of mass shootings that has refocused attention on the nation’s gun laws.

Speaking to reporters during a visit to a fire station on Thanksgiving morning, the president reiterated his longstanding argument that such weapons are a public menace and should not be sold.

“The idea that we’re still allowing the purchase of semi-automatic weapons is bad,” he said as he greeted firefighters in Nantucket, Mass., where he and his family are spending the Thanksgiving holiday. “It has no social value. Zero. None. There is no single justification for this other than profit for the arms manufacturers.”

Congress does not want to ban the AR-15 and other assault weapons. In July, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed the ban on a mostly party-line vote. But the bill has little chance of advancing in the Senate, where 10 Republicans would have to join a unified Democratic caucus to break the filibuster.

Biden was asked if he might push for a ban in a session of Congress when outgoing lawmakers who don’t face another election might feel freer to break with mainstream voters and the well-funded gun lobby.

“I’ll try,” Biden said.

“I’ll do it every time…,” he continued. “I’ll have to make that assessment when I go in and start counting the votes.”

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Biden’s remarks came two days after officials said a night manager at a Walmart store in Virginia opened fire on his co-workers, killing six and leaving at least half a dozen others wounded. The suspect, identified as 31-year-old Andre Bing, apparently took his own life. Authorities said he was armed with a gun.

Mass shootings occur with appalling frequency. On Saturday, a gunman killed five people and injured 19 others at Club Q, an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Police said visitors may have prevented more deaths by confronting the suspect, identified by officials as 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich. According to Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vazquez, the weapon used was a Colt AR-15.

The president and first lady Jill Biden called the owners of Club Q on Thursday, the White House said. They told the two owners, Nick Grzecko and Matthew Haynes, that they are committed to fighting “hate and gun violence,” the White House said.

Biden has a long history of consistently trying to ban the sale of assault weapons. As a senator from Delaware in 1994, he helped pass a ban on assault weapons that was considered preventing deaths from mass shootings. The ban expired 10 years later during the administration of President George W. Bush and was never renewed.

Biden promised during his 2020 campaign to ban the sale and manufacture of assault weapons, and at a televised town hall event last month, he reiterated that he would follow through on that promise.

“By the way, I’m going to get an assault weapons ban,” the president said told CNN. “Until it’s over, I’ll take it again. It’s not a joke, and look.”

With Republicans set to take control of the House of Representatives in 2023, the year-end session could be Biden’s last chance to achieve his goal before the 2024 presidential election.

“I’m going to try to get rid of combat weapons,” Biden said at the firehouse.

The first family returned to the island of Massachusetts in a tradition that began several decades ago, when Joe and Jill Biden were still dating.

The president and first lady delivered pumpkin pies to firefighters in Nantucket, accompanied by their grandson Beau, who was given a tiny fireman’s helmet.

They are too called to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, thanking firefighters and military personnel and saying they would have a peaceful day.

“We’re just going to have dinner with the family, maybe take a walk on the beach and just feel thankful for our family,” Jill Biden said.