Tuesday, 16 Aug 2022

Bipartisan gun control law sent for Biden’s signature after House vote

Bipartisan gun control law sent for Biden’s signature after House vote


Bipartisan gun control law sent for Biden’s signature after House vote

The US House on Friday passed a bipartisan bill to strengthen federal gun regulations, bringing an end to decades of congressional inaction and sending the historic legislation to Joe Biden's desk.

Passage of the bill came a day after the supreme court overturned a New York law regulating handgun ownership, a significant blow for proponents of gun reform.

Nonetheless, advocates celebrated passage of the first major gun-control legislation passed by Congress in nearly 30 years despite hundreds of mass shootings happening in the US every year.

Just last month, 10 people were killed in a racist attack at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and 19 children and two adults were killed at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

The House passed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act by a vote of 234-193, 14 Republicans joining every Democrat in supporting the bill. It came a day after the Senate approved the bill 65-33, following weeks of negotiations.

The law will establish enhanced background checks for those under 21 attempting to buy a gun and expand restrictions for people convicted of domestic abuse.

The law will also provide funding to implement crisis-intervention policies, including so-called "red-flag laws", which allow courts to restrict gun access for those considered a danger to themselves or others.

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