WASHINGTON: The US Senate has passed a gun control bill for the first time in 28 years amid escalating gun violence incidents in the State, the media reported on Friday.
The legislation needs to be approved by the upper body of Congress by 65 votes to 33, BBC reported. Before President Joe Biden can sign the bill into law, it must first pass the House of Representatives.
The new law calls for funding to encourage states to implement "red flag" laws to remove firearms from people deemed a threat and includes a number of measures, including tougher background checks for customers under the age of 21; USD 15 billion in federal funding for mental health programmes and school security upgrades; calls for funding to close the so-called "boyfriend loophole" by prohibiting gun sales to those convicted of abusing unmarried intimate partners.
The fact that Democrats and Republicans have endorsed proposed gun regulation equally for the first time in decades underscores the significance of Thursday's development, as pera BBC report.
The last important federal gun control law, which forbade the production of assault rifles and large-capacity magazines for civilian usage, was approved in 1994. But it was abandoned after ten years.