China News Service, June 25 (Xinhua) According to a comprehensive report, the US House of Representatives passed the most extensive gun safety measures in nearly 30 years on the 24th. This is the first important gun control bill passed by Congress since 1994. The bill will be sent to Signed by President Biden.
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According to reports, on the afternoon of the 24th local time, the gun control bill passed the House of Representatives with 234 votes to 193 votes, and 14 Republicans and all Democrats voted to support the bill.
The last time the United States passed major gun control measures at the federal level was in 1994, when legislation banned the private production, possession and import of semi-automatic assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
But the law expires in 10 years, after which Congress has failed to pass a major gun safety reform effort.
This year, the issue of gun violence has drawn greater attention and concern after the nationwide shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uwald, Texas, and bipartisan gun legislation finally passed both houses of Congress.
The bill includes tougher background checks for gun buyers between the ages of 18 and 21, making it easier for law enforcement officers to confiscate firearms from "dangerous" people, improving school safety and mental health education.
Unlike what Democrats hoped, the bill does not raise the purchase age for AR-15-style rifles.
In a statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: “Every day, gun violence takes lives and harms communities — a crisis that calls for urgent action. While we must do more, this bill is an A step forward that will help protect our children and save lives."
U.S. President Joe Biden, who has aggressively called on Congress to take action to address gun violence, has said he looks forward to signing the bill into law.
Biden previously said in a statement: “I am pleased to see that Congress is one step closer to finally taking action – passing bipartisan legislation that will help protect the American people. With this legislation , children in our schools and communities will be safer. I call on Congress to get this done and get this bill to my desk.”Keywords: