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US Senators reach agreement on landmark bipartisan gun safety bill

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US senators on Tuesday presented a bill to address the epidemic of gun violence plaguing the country, while finalizing a limited number of reforms that were nevertheless hailed as the first major federal firearms controls in a generation.

The cross-party group that had spent weeks drafting the legislation expressed confidence that it would have enough support on both sides of the aisle to reach President Joe Biden’s office as soon as possible next week.

“This bipartisan gun safety legislation is progress and will save lives. While it’s not everything we want, this legislation is urgently needed,” Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.

Lawmakers had gone counter-clockwise — aware that a delay threatened to kill the sense of urgency caused by the deadly shooting of 19 children in Uvalde, Texas and of 10 black people at a convenience store in Buffalo, New York. York, both in May.

The last major federal gun control legislation was passed in 1994, prohibiting the production for civilian use of assault rifles and large-capacity ammunition clips.

But it came to an end a decade later, and no serious reform effort has been made since, despite the daily average of mass shootings this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

The bipartisan group of senators agreed on a framework on June 12 that includes improved background checks for buyers under the age of 21 and funding for mental health and school safety programs.

The blueprint also calls for funding to encourage states to implement “red flag” laws to remove firearms from people deemed a threat.

(AFP)

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