(Washington) The United States Congress on Friday passed a bipartisan-backed bill aimed at imposing gun controls, the largest in nearly 30 years but still falling far short of what President Joe Biden achieved in a plagued Country wanted gunfights.
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After Thursday’s Senate, the House of Representatives approved a package of measures that introduces new gun restrictions and earmarks billions of dollars for mental health and school safety.
The parliamentary initiative came after the Uvalde massacres, which killed 21 people, including 19 children, at a Texas elementary school in late May, and the Buffalo massacre, in upstate New York, which killed 10 black people in a supermarket Middle of May.
In particular, the text highlights support for state-by-state legislation that would allow the weapons they possess to be removed from the hands of those deemed dangerous.
He also wants to strengthen criminal and psychological background checks for gun buyers between the ages of 18 and 21 and introduce better scrutiny of illegal gun sales and funding for mental health programs.
But the proposed measures fall far short of what President Biden wanted, such as banning assault rifles.
After a series of deadly shootings, the text is still a first for decades.
Indeed, in a deeply divided country, consensus in Congress between elected Democrats and Republicans is rare, especially on this very divisive issue.
Among elected Republicans in the House of Representatives, 14 exceeded the instructions of their leader, Kevin McCarthy, to vote in favor of the law.
The vote came the day after the Supreme Court — whose judges are mostly Conservative — invalidated “restrictions” on gun-carrying introduced by a New York state statute since 1913.
This long-awaited ruling, for the first time, reaffirmed unequivocally that Americans have the right to carry guns outside of their homes.
In response to the passage of the Gun Control Act, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday commended the House of Lords for “doing what many a while ago thought was impossible.” Weeks: We have the first landmark legislation in 30 years adopts gun safety”.
His Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell, had estimated that this law would make the United States safer “without making our country any less free”.
Immediately after the text was unveiled, the NRA, the powerful gun lobby, voiced its opposition to the text, ruling to the contrary that it could be used to “restrict the purchase of legal guns.”
The bill “leaves too much leeway for state officials and also contains undefined and overly broad provisions that invite interference with our constitutional liberties,” she said in a statement.