US passes first major gun bill in decades

The House of Representatives passes the Safer Communities Act, the first such gun control legislation since 1994. – EPA pic, June 25, 2022.

US lawmakers broke a decades-long stalemate on firearms control yesterday, passing the first major safety regulations in almost 30 years, less than 24 hours after the Supreme Court bolstered the right to bear arms.

Gun regulation is a touchstone issue for both conservatives and liberals in the United States that has consumed national politics amid multiple mass shootings in recent years.

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